Stored red blood cells start to lose function after 3 weeks

03/4/2013 | Yahoo

A study from Johns Hopkins University found that red blood cells stored longer than three weeks begin to lose the flexibility needed to carry oxygen through narrow capillaries. "There's more and more information telling us that the shelf life of blood may not be six weeks, which is what the blood banks consider standard," study leader Dr. Steven M. Frank said. The findings were published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

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