I am looking for a previous thread dealing with the risks associated with blood fractions, but I can't seem to find it! Does anyone have a link to it?
I realise that all biological products carry some element of risk, but I understand that some blood fractions carry more than others... for instance, some plasma-derived products are not sterilised, such as cryoprecipitate, and therefore they carry the same risk as blood transfusion, including HIV etc.
The reason I ask is that before surgery a few years ago I requested that no non-sterilised plasma products be used... the anesthetist had no idea what I was talking about! I am due for surgery again in a number of months and just want to clarify the matter in my own mind again.
For clarification, I have no objections morally to having blood fractions, but I do not wish those that carry the same risk as blood transfusion.
Thanks for any help or input...