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Review of transfusion practice in orthopaedic surgery

Boralessa, H., Cockburn, H., Casbard, Angela C. and Contreras, M. 2004. Review of transfusion practice in orthopaedic surgery. Current Orthopaedics 18 (2) , pp. 126-134. 10.1016/j.cuor.2003.11.001

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Donated blood is a limited resource. The impact of variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease is a potential threat to the blood supply. As 10% of the red cells issued to hospitals are used in orthopaedic surgery, elective orthopaedic surgery may well suffer disruption if the supply of red cells is compromised in the future. A survey of transfusion practice confirmed wide variation in practice in elective joint replacement survey. It is, therefore, essential that orthopaedic surgeons and transfusion specialists collaborate to ensure that blood is used appropriately. Current measures to conserve allogeneic blood in elective joint replacement surgery will be reviewed. The extent to which these strategies are used in hospitals and their efficacy will be discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allogeneic blood; Blood conservation; Transfusion practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0268-0890
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:25

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