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Letters Safe and appropriate blood transfusion

Mechanism based treatments for anaemia in advanced cancer

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5002
  1. Karen Neoh, academic clinical fellow in palliative medicine1,
  2. Cathy Zanker, honorary researcher1,
  3. Mike Bennett, professor of palliative medicine1
  1. 1Academic Unit of Palliative Care, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LJ, UK
  1. karen.neoh{at}

Murphy and colleagues highlight the need to transfuse blood safely and appropriately using a more restrictive approach—transfusing at a lower haemoglobin threshold and using only one unit at a time.1 This approach is associated with less morbidity and mortality, with similar efficacy. However, the decision whether or …

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