Quality, safety, risks and risk management are currently the leading words in transfusion medicine, and several approaches are necessary to correctly evaluate the fundamental basis of blood transfusion. Ethics is probably the most focused approach with which to examine the inconsistencies and conflicts of interest of the various stakeholders involved in the transfusion medicine field. In this short review, the authors will present some aspects of ethics related to blood transfusion, particularly those involving blood donation.
Blood transfusion in 2016 – Towards a “Nouvelle Vague” therapy?
Ethics and blood donation: a marriage of convenience
Jean-Daniel Tissot, Switzerland and Olivier Garraud, France
Past, present and forecast of transfusion medicine: what has changed and what is expected to change?
Amy E. Schmidt, Majed A. Refaai, Neil Blumberg, United States
Rethinking blood components and patients: patient blood management. Possible ways for development in France
Red blood cell components: meeting the quantitative and qualitative transfusion needs
Richard O. Francis, and Steven L. Spitalnik, United States
Platelet concentrates: balancing between efficacy and safety?
Miguel Lozano, Joan Cid, Spain
Focus on fresh frozen plasma–facilitating optimal management of bleeding through collaboration between clinicians and transfusion specialists on component specifications
Sheila MacLennan, United Kingdom
The infectious risks in blood transfusion as of today – A no black and white situation
Olivier Garraud, Luiz Amorim Filho, Syria Laperche, Claude Tayou-Tagny, Bruno Pozzetto, France, Brazil, Cameroun
Immunological complications of blood transfusions
Anneke Brand, Netherlands
The outsider adverse event in transfusion: inflammation
Elizabeth A. Godbey, Eldad A. Hod, United States
Revisiting transfusion safety and alternatives to transfusion
Patrick Schoettker, Carlos E. Marcucci, Gabriele Casso, Catherine Heim, Switzerland