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1. Title Title of document Walking blood banks: an immediate solution to rural India’s blood drought
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Rachita Sood; University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA and Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 02115 USA
 
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4. Description Abstract The current system of blood banks in India is such that rural patients are deprived of timely access to an adequate volume of life-saving blood, adding to preventable mortality. On the basis of an academic framework for a blood transfusion system, we describe an alternative approach in which rural practitioners utilise unbanked blood transfusions from a voluntary pool of pre-screened donors. This system would provide safe blood – as evidenced by international experience and limited projected increase in transfusion-transmissible infection in India – at a fraction of the financial cost imposed by the current system. Given the failing status quo and the undue burden placed on rural clinicians and patients to procure blood, it is imperative that policy-makers further explore the use of unbanked, direct blood transfusion for patients facing emergent, life-threatening haemorrhage.
 
5. Publisher Organizing agency, location Forum for Medical Ethics Society
 
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7. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 2017-11-23
 
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11. Source Title; vol., no. (year) Indian Journal of Medical Ethics;: Medical miracles or tools of objectification?
 
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