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The Challenges of the Blood Supply Chain

As shown in Figure 1, blood and blood products must go through an elaborate series of steps before they are transfused into the patient. This is known as the blood supply chain, which can be defined as a temperature-controlled supply chain.


At each step in the blood supply chain, precise temperatures must be maintained to ensure the integrity and viability of the blood or blood products. Too cold or too warm, and the blood products may become spoiled and unusable.

Figure 1

Steps in the Blood Supply Chain