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What does the filter in a blood transfusion do?
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Dr. Ruth Spector
Critical Care
In brief: Remove debris
Filters will remove cellular debris, small or microscopic clots.
They should be used for all transfusions although there are different types depending on what is being transfused.

In brief: Remove debris
Filters will remove cellular debris, small or microscopic clots.
They should be used for all transfusions although there are different types depending on what is being transfused.
Dr. Ruth Spector
Dr. Ruth Spector
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Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology
In brief: Filter
The blood in the plastic bag is actually a living thing so it is natural that some of the red blood cells deteriorate over time.
The filter assures us that the dead red blood cells get filtered out and only the good, healthy cells get into your blood stream.

In brief: Filter
The blood in the plastic bag is actually a living thing so it is natural that some of the red blood cells deteriorate over time.
The filter assures us that the dead red blood cells get filtered out and only the good, healthy cells get into your blood stream.
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Also filters help prevent clots to be insfused during the transfusion. Some special filters can trap the white blood cells to prevent some febrile reactions related to their contents.
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