Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, July 7th, 1997
While bacteremia and sepsis rarely are reported as complications of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, the receipt of bacteria-contaminated blood could result in sepsis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia.
Yersinia enterocolitica and Pseudomonas fluorescens are among the bacterial pathogens responsible for transfusion-associated bacteremia and sepsis, the CDC indicated ("Red Blood Cell Transfusions Contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica -...
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