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Hospital halves use of blood transfusion in hip surgery

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7364.564/a (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:564
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    A hospital that introduced a stringent transfusion policy has substantially reduced the amount of blood it uses.

    The proportion of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft who received a transfusion fell from 57% to 45% and of patients undergoing hip replacement from 52% to 26%, with no increase in length of stay in hospital, according to a report of an audit of the use of blood after the introduction of the policy at the South Manchester University Hospital (J …

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