Assessing the global burden of hemorrhage: The global blood supply, deficits, and potential solutions

Nakul P. Raykar, Jennifer Makin, Monty Khajanchi, Bernard Olayo, Alejandro Munoz Valencia, Nobhojit Roy, Pablo Ottolino, Analia Zinco, Jana MacLeod, Mark Yazer, Jayant Rajgopal, Bo Zeng, Hyo Kyung Lee, Bopaya Bidanda, Pratap Kumar, Juan Carlos Puyana, Kristina Rudd

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Abstract

There is a critical shortage of blood available for transfusion in many low- and middle-income countries. The consequences of this scarcity are dire, resulting in uncounted morbidity and mortality from trauma, obstetric hemorrhage, and pediatric anemias, among numerous other conditions. The process of collecting blood from a donor to administering it to a patient involves many facets from donor availability to blood processing to blood delivery. Each step faces particular challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Optimizing existing strategies and introducing new approaches will be imperative to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open Medicine
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Global blood availability
  • blood transfusion
  • global surgery
  • unbanked directed blood transfusion
  • walking blood banks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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