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Global Blood Supply Runs Low

Key clinical point: The global blood supply is insufficient to meet transfusion needs, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Major finding: Out of 195 countries and territories, 119 (61%) had an inadequate amount of blood available to meet transfusion needs.

Study details: An international modeling study including 195 countries and territories.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The investigators reported having no other financial disclosures.


Roberts N et al. Lancet Haematol. 2019 Oct 17. doi: 10.1016/ S2352-3026(19)30200-5.