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Table 1 Advantages of universal leukocyte reduction

From: To filter blood or universal leukoreduction: what is the answer?

Reduction in transfusion reactions; HLA alloimmunization; and CMV, HTLV-I, EBV, HHV-6 and HHV-8 transmission
Improved RBC quality
Reduction in parasite and prion transmission, bacterial sepsis, and acute lung injury
May decrease postoperative abdominal infection, morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery, and multisystem organ failure
Avoids errors, decreases workload, and simplifies blood bank inventory
No need for a filter, saving time and education
  1. Reproduced with permission from [1]. © 2001, American Society of Clinical Pathologists. CMV, cytomegalovirus; EBV, Epstein–Barr virus; HHV, human herpesvirus; HTLV, human T-cell leukemia virus; RBC, red blood cell.