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Cross Matching of Blood
The process that a hospital or blood bank goes through to determine if blood that is to be transfused to a patient is compatible with the patient’s blood type. There are numerous combinations of blood types that are compatible with each other, but it is vitally important that any blood that is transfused to a patient has been properly "matched" so that it is compatible to the patient’s blood.

 

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