Study With Me : Introduction to Blood Transfusion 1
Discover the world of blood transfusion with “Introduction to Blood Transfusion: from donor to recipient.” This book, published by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), offers a comprehensive introduction to the field, covering everything from donor selection to post-transfusion monitoring.
The ISBT’s decision to update and rename the publication in 2020 reflects its commitment to providing expert resources to a global audience. The first edition had already made a significant impact, with electronic versions of its chapters downloaded more than 62,000 times since 2010, highlighting its popularity among readers.
What’s remarkable about this book is the international collaboration behind it. Expert reviewers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Africa worked together to ensure that the book remains accessible to students worldwide, regardless of their first language.
For Beryl Armstrong, one of the original authors, this project represents a dream fulfilled – bringing introductory knowledge about blood transfusion to students in a way that doesn’t require the guidance of an instructor.
Rob Wilkinson, another original author, acknowledges the book’s impact in Africa, where it has served as a valuable learning resource. The updated second edition continues this legacy, contributing to the safety of blood transfusions, especially in developing regions.
SECTION 1 : Haematology
Questions & Answers
Question 1: What is Haemopoiesis?
Haemopoiesis is the process of producing blood cells in the body, occurring primarily in the bone marrow and lymphatic system in adults. During fetal development, it also takes place in the liver and spleen.
Question 2: Why is the Replacement of Blood Cells Necessary?
The replacement of blood cells is necessary because blood cells have a limited lifespan, so replacement is required to maintain a healthy blood supply.
Question 3: Where does the division and maturation of precursor cells mainly occur?
The division and maturation of precursor cells mainly occur in the bone marrow.
Question 4: What are self-renewing stem cells capable of developing into?
Self-renewing stem cells can develop into two types of cells: one type gives rise to erythrocytes (red blood cells) and platelets, while the other type gives rise to lymphocytes and natural killer cells.
Question 5: Where are mature blood cells released after formation?
Mature blood cells are released into the bloodstream.
Question 6: What happens to blood cells as they circulate in the bloodstream?
Blood cells continue to age while circulating in the bloodstream.
Question 7: Why are aged blood cells eventually withdrawn from the bloodstream?
Aged blood cells are withdrawn from the bloodstream when they are no longer functional.
Question 8: What occurs to the elements of broken-down blood cells?
The elements of broken-down blood cells are either reused or excreted by the body.
Question 9: During fetal life, where is haemopoietic tissue found?
During fetal life, haemopoietic tissue is found in the liver and spleen.