Acute Lung Injury Paper

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Running head: TRANSFUSION 1 TRANSFUSION 2 Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) is an under-reported, life-threatening complication of blood component transfusion due to the misinterpretation of symptoms, unfamiliarity of causes, and delay of standardizing methods of prevention. According to Mazzei, Popovsky, & Kopko (2008, 734), TRALI is characterized by symptoms indistinguishable from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and usually consists of some or all of the following symptoms: Cyanosis (bluish color of skin), dyspnea (difficulty breathing), hypotension (low blood pressure), hypoxemia (low oxygen in blood), and sometimes fever. Bux (2005, 2) agrees that x-rays and other radiological testing show patchy infiltrates in the lungs and …show more content…
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