Sterile blood transfusion 'giving apparatus', England, 1946-1971
The sterile ‘giving apparatus’ was used to donate blood. After each use the equipment was sterilised. This equipment was commonly supplied by the National Blood Service in the United Kingdom until the 1960s when it was replaced by disposable equipment. Blood transfusions are given to patients who are anaemic or have lost a lot of blood during surgery or through an injury. The National Blood Service (formerly the National Blood Transfusion Service) is the central service for blood donation and blood supplies in the United Kingdom. On average, they receive 2.1 million donations each year.
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Glossary: blood transfusion apparatus
A shortage of haemoglobin (the pigment carrying oxygen in red blood cells). Symptoms include weakness, pale skin, breathlessness, faintness, palpitations, and lowered resistance to infection.
Glossary: blood transfusion
An injection of healthy, donated blood into a patient to raise his or her number of red blood cells. The blood is matched according to type (A, B, O, AB).