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Colin F Mackenzie
British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 70, Iss. 1, 14 Jan 2009, pp 6

The news is filled with ways to economize on petrol, spending and by use of alternative energy sources. So how are we doing for the blood transfusion economy in provision of alternatives to conserve blood supplies? The answer is described in the four reviews in the symposium in this issue of BJHM. Less transfusion means reduced allogeneic blood exposure, fewer risks of adverse transfusion events and better outcomes. Conservation of the patient’s own blood is a cheaper and less hazardous means of sustaining haemoglobin than treating anaemia with blood transfusion.

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