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New Study Reveals Wide Variation in Blood Transfusion Practices During Surgery
Date:7/26/2012

than transfusion. And fewer unnecessary transfusions can mean improved patient outcomes."

This year Masimo launched the Blood Transfusion Related Cost Reduction guarantee program (BTR-CR, "Better Care") to help hospitals improve patient care and reduce costs. BTR-CR guarantees that a hospital's blood transfusion-related cost reductions will be greater than the cost of SpHb monitoring. For more information, contact 888-44BTRCR or visit BTR-CR.

1 AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 1997 and 2007.

2 Steven M. Frank, M.D., Will J. Savage, M.D., Jim A. Rothschild, M.D., Richard J. Rivers, M.D., Paul M. Ness, M.D., Sharon L. Paul, B.S., M.S., John  A. Ulatowski, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. "Variability in Blood and Blood Component Utilization as Assessed by an Aesthesia Information Management System." Anesthesiology, July 2012 - Volume 117 - Issue 1 - p 99–106 doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318255e550

3 Marik, P. E. and H. L. Corwin (2008). "Efficacy of red blood cell transfusion in the critically ill: a systematic review of the literature." Crit Care Med 36(9): 2667-74.

4 Carson, J. L., M. L. Terrin, et al. (2011). "Liberal or restrictive transfusion in high-risk patients after hip surgery." N Engl J Med 365(26): 2453-62.

5 Hebert, P. C., G. Wells, et al. (1999). "A multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial of transfusion requirements in critical care. Transfusion Requirements in Critical Care Investigators, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group." N Engl J Med 340(6): 409-17.

6 Hajjar, L. A., J.-L. Vincent, et al. (2010). "Transfusion Requirements After Cardiac Surgery: The TRACS Randomized Controlled Trial." JAMA 304(14): 1559-1567.

7 American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Perioperative Blood T
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