Blood Transfusion 2/2017 - Thematic issue on "Red blood cell storage and clinical outcomes: new insights" (March-April)
Unraveling the Gordian knot: red blood cell storage lesion and transfusion outcomes
Authors:  Vassilis L. Tzounakas, Anastasios G. Kriebardis, Jerard Seghatchian, Issidora S. Papassideri, Marianna H. Antonelou
Pages:  126-130
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2017; 15: 126-30
Doi:  10.2450/2017.0313-16
Published online:  20/02/2017

What is following the impressive progress that has been made? During the last couple of years several tremors have shaken the field of Transfusion Medicine. The epicentres of those tremors were located on novel insights into the RBC storage lesion, on emerging connections between storage lesion and post-transfusion performance and effects, and on acknowledging that storage time is only one (rather than the most prominent) of the parameters which contribute to the progression of storage lesion in any given unit of blood. The optimisation of bio-preservation conditions emerged at the same time with all-new scientific knowledge gained by advances in research tools, implementation of technological innovations, and application of elegant in vitro and in vivo models of transfusion. Simultaneously, one after another, all the reported randomised clinical trials concluded, with spectacular consensus, that there is no significant difference in the rate of adverse clinical events (including death) among patients who underwent transfusion with fresh (and presumably good) or standard of care (and presumably bad) blood. The comparative analysis and comprehension of the aforementioned data would set the context for the next generation of research in blood transfusion science, since the need for safer and more efficient transfusions remains.

Keywords: red blood cell storage lesion, donor/recipient variation, transfusion outcome, clinical relevance, research opportunities.
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