Safety behind the counter: a fundamental process


Every action that a doctor implement in the clinical attention of a patient is surrounded for multiple subprocesses. Clinical safety is mandatory to achieve a good outcome without producing a harm to the patient. Blood transfusion is a common therapeutic procedure in the clinical environment and is subject to strict rules.

The first and important step is the identification of the patient, the knowledge about previous transfusions and, to be sure about the “compatibility” between the donor and receptor, an action usually made for nurses or personal auxiliary especially trained to practice the procedure. The recognition of the type of antigens of the receptor is evaluated with an agglutination test, like the one that we show here.


What is the recipient’s blood type, according to the image shown here?

Author: Dr.Lorenzo Alonso Carrión