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A review of blood product usage in a large emergency department over a one-year period.

Authors
  • Beckwith, Hannah
  • Manson, Lynn
  • McFarlane, Carol
  • Reed, Matthew J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emergency medicine journal : EMJ
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2010
Volume
27
Issue
6
Pages
439–442
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/emj.2008.068650
PMID: 20562138
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients receiving blood products are elderly. Up to half of all requested products are recycled having not being used for the indication for which they were requested, and 3% of blood products are wasted. With an ageing population and limited blood product availability, transfusion requests should be more carefully considered.

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