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Safety of Blood Transfusions

Stories in the news of people becoming infected with various diseases from contaminated blood may lead parents to fear and question the safety of blood transfusions. While cases of patients receiving contaminated blood have been documented, the risk of receiving such blood is actually very low. In the United States, all blood donors are volunteers who are carefully questioned about their health history, sexual practice, travel, and drug use. The blood products they donate are carefully checked for a wide variety of infections that could be spread through transfusions. Some of the infections tested for include

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