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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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