2009 Labels on a Bag of Packed Red Cells - The Complete Version

Submitted by Dr LAU Chun Wing Arthur on 14 March 2009

Department of Intensive Care, PYNEH

You may know how to read the label of a bottle of red wine, but do you know how to read the label of a bag of packed red cells? 

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How is a bag of packed cells prepared? What is SAGM? What is TGA Standard? What are the meanings of the four little symbols? What is hidden behind the big labels?

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