Chief medical officer warns that many blood transfusions are unnecessary

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:308
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Too many unnecessary blood transfusions are being done in England, said the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, when he announced his annual report for 2003 on the state of public health.

    Although his main message to the general public was the continuing importance of reducing the number of smokers and of following the lead of Ireland and the United States on smoke-free public places, the take home message for doctors was the need for more careful use of what he described as the “precious …

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