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Iron is an essential nutrient, and iron balance is precarious for much of the world’s population.

An illustrated children’s book outlining what you need to know about getting blood.

Designed to help hospital transfusion services assess their readiness for compliance.


Robert Skeate, MD, MS

Key points
• Alloimmunisation is common in sickle cell disease patients, and may complicate transfusion therapy.
• Patient phenotyping and prophylactic matching to reduce alloimmunisation is recommended.
• Transfusion requirements and the presence or absence of red cell antibodies influence recommendations on the extent of phenotyping and the utility of genotyping for sickle cell disease patients.

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