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Colorado blood bank prevails in transfusion case.


AIDS Policy Law. 1999 May 28;14(10):10. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that found no negligence by a blood bank for passing HIV-contaminated blood to a patient in 1993. The plaintiff claimed that the blood bank was negligent because it did not freeze blood until a second donor test could be performed. This test, promoted by an expert witness for the plaintiff, would be conducted after 6 months to detect recently acquired HIV infections. The defense argued that applying this strategy is impractical on a large scale because of the difficulty in getting donors to come back for another test. The state appeals court ruled last year that requiring a second test lacks "scientific validity," because applying the procedure nationally would cripple the blood bank industry.

LEGAL CASES NEWSLETTER ARTICLE Aged Blood Banks/*LEGISLATION & JURISPRUD Blood Transfusion/*ADVERSE EFFECTS Colorado Disease Transmission, Horizontal/*LEGISLATION & JURISPRUD Female HIV Infections/*TRANSMISSION Human *Liability, Legal


Information in this article was accurate in October 30, 2000. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.