blood transfusion

WORLD-first patient blood management guidelines developed in Australia have reduced demand for packed red blood cells by more than 16% and led to significant cost savings, according to the general manager of the National Blood Authority.

Dr James Daly, haematologist and council member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, told MJA InSight that “there is no doubt that blood transfusion is a lifesaving intervention that underpins much of modern healthcare, but there are also risks associated with transfusion”.

“Several prospective randomised studies have now compared liberal and restrictive transfusion thresholds in various clinical settings, and most have shown that clinical outcomes are not worse by restricting blood transfusion”, Dr Daly said

Further Information: National Blood Authority (NBA), Medical Journal of Australia