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March 8, 1965

Transfusion Complications

Author Affiliations

Fort Worth, Tex

JAMA. 1965;191(10):866-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080100084035

To the Editor:—  I would like to call your attention to a significant omission in the editorial "Prevention of Transfusion Complications." It has been sufficiently shown, I believe, that the transfusion of cold blood is detrimental in direct proportion to the amount transfused, and it is also thought that perhaps some of the complications previously ascribed to citrate may, in fact, be a result of the lowering of cardiac temperature. It seems to me that the transfusion of cold blood has hazards that are not yet sufficiently popularized and that deserve further elaboration.