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Blood transfusion can be life-saving. Anaesthetists regularly request and administer blood components to their patients. All anaesthetists must be familiar with indications and appropriate use of blood and blood components and their alternatives, but close liaison with haematology specialists and their local blood sciences laboratory is encouraged. Considerable changes in approaches to optimal use of blood components, together with the use of alternative products, have become apparent over the past decade, leading to a need to update previous guidelines and adapt them for the use of anaesthetists working throughout the hospital system.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/anae.13489

Type

Journal article

Journal

Anaesthesia

Publication Date

07/2016

Volume

71

Pages

829 - 842

Keywords

FFP indications, anaemia and coagulation, blood crossmatch, major haemorrhage, transfusion, Anesthesiology, Blood Component Transfusion, Humans, Ireland, Societies, Medical, United Kingdom