Blood transfusion in SA isn’t quite yet at the bleeding edge

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Blood transfusion in SA isn’t quite yet at the bleeding edge

Only 1% of SA donates blood, raising concerns that such a small pool of donors may harm their own health

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A group of South African medical experts are lobbying the industry to start thinking differently about our approach to blood transfusions.

Haematologists, pain management experts and anaesthetists say while SA has the most advanced medical care in Africa, its blood management is lagging behind.

Dr Jackie Thomson, the medical director of the South African National Blood Service, is one such haematologist, who believes the country is ready to implement a patient-centred approach...

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