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Archives of Blood Transfusion & Disorders

On the Challenges of Blood Inventory Management

Submission: November 09, 2018; Published: November 15, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/ABTD.2018.01.000520

ISSN: 2578-0239
Volume1 Issue4


Managing blood is a challenging task. There are eight different blood types (i.e., A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-) including some such as O+, A+, and O-, that are relatively common while others such as AB+ and AB- are relatively rare. Blood is perishable and as with any perishable product it deteriorates with age and must be discarded when its useful life expires. The need for different types of blood is highly uncertain varies by region of the country and depends on the specifics of the medical treatments or surgical procedures needed. It is also the case that because certain procedures require different levels of freshness the oldest blood in storage is not always used first. Finally, the supply of blood can be highly variable as blood donations which are voluntary, can vary depending on geographic location as well as over time.

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