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Autologous blood transfusions need risk register

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:971

A national register should be set up in Britain to record adverse events arising out of autologous blood transfusion, a consensus conference in Edinburgh decided last week. It also recommended more research on the evaluation of autologous procedures to establish whether the potential benefits outweigh the risks and whether such services are cost effective.

A statement drawn up by an independent panel and approved by the conference noted that transfusing patients with their own blood reduces the potential risks of …

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