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Blood Transfusion of a Dead Man.

Postby prashantakerkar » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:16 am

After a Human Being is declared Dead by a Doctor/Physician, can we utilize the Blood collected immediately after death, later to be used for Blood Transfusion ?

example :

Dead man's blood is collected i.e the Dead man is the Donor is say A+ve blood group used by other living beings blood acceptors having A+ve blood group ?

Note : We are not taking case of a Dead Man's Post mortem body taken for investigation and Blood analysis is performed where we find that the alcohol was found in his blood sample and that was the cause of his death as told by the doctor's but taking the case that the blood of a dead man can it be used for blood transfusion later by living human beings ?

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Postby canalon » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:59 am

Technically, yes. But since the dead person would have difficulties answering the usually necessary screening questions (for reasons that are quite evident) or to consent, it would be dangerous and unethical to do so.

in addition the fact that dying cells likely release toxins in the blood, you would need to be waiting with your sampling kit next to the dying body to minimize chances of accumulation of toxic byproducts. Might not be convenient.
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Postby JackBean » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:29 pm

canalon wrote:Technically, yes. But since the dead person would have difficulties answering the usually necessary screening questions (for reasons that are quite evident) or to consent, it would be dangerous and unethical to do so.

On the other hand, you could get from one body about 5-7 litres of blood instead of 200 ml :-P
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Postby prashantakerkar » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:29 am

Thank you.

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