Glossary

A List of Commonly Used Terms in Blood Banking

Whole Blood

Whole blood is a rarely used product in modern blood banks. It is about as simple as simple can be, as the product is just the unit of blood collected from a donor without further manipulation to remove plasma or platelets. In massive trauma settings, military physicians have explored the use of “fresh whole blood,” but access to such a product is far more difficult in the civilian sector.

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