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|Recombinant blood products|
The use of transfusion alternatives is one approach to avoid or minimise the use of allogeneic blood components.
Minimising the use of blood components is for the patient’s interests and to avoid wastage of a limited and valuable resource.
Transfusion alternatives include the following:
► Haemoglobin substitutes
Alternative oxygen-delivering fluids, referred to as blood substitutes, include perfluorcarbon and modified haemoglobin solutions.
These have been under investigation for many years and there is no indication that these components will become available for routine use in Australia in the near future.