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The legal and ethical issues in the techniques of blood transfusion procedure

Utsua T. Peter


The paper examines the legal and ethical issues that may arise and the principles that should be considered in the clinical practice for the transfusion of red blood cells and plasma into adults and children. Generally, the legal and ethical principles that apply to the medical transfusion therapy are not different from those applicable to any medical interaction or intervention. The main aim of this paper is attempt to maximize good health care delivery with the view of minimizing the risks and complications that may arise as a result of carelessness. Based on its finding the research recommends that, in order to avoid abuse of this very important and sensitive medical procedure, all blood and blood property should be properly screened to ascertain the blood group and Rhesus factor with potential infections before finally transfusing same into the body of the recipient.

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