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Table 1 Guidelines for blood collection and storage in combat areas

From: Fluid resuscitation in haemorrhagic shock in combat casualties

 Develop a pre-deployment roster of pedigreed donors (screened every 90 days)
 ABO and Rh
 Transmissible diseases
  In emergency situations
 Prefer previous and type O donor
 Perform onsite ABO typing
 Perform direct cross-match if possible
 Use approved blood recipient set(contains anticoagulant)
 Fill until 650-mL bag is nearly full (approx 450 mL blood)
 Draw cross-match and transmissible disease blood tubes
 Submit to supporting lab even after use of blood
 Keep fresh warm blood no longer than 24 h
 If less than 8 h old, may be refrigerated for 3 weeks