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May 27, 1998

Perioperative Blood Transfusion

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(20):1610. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-20-jbk0527

To the Editor.—The study by Dr Carson and colleagues1 addresses a crucial issue in perioperative transfusion policy, as older subjects with hip fracture currently require a major proportion of the blood units administered to surgical patients. The authors conclude that perioperative transfusions in patients with hemoglobin levels between 80 and 100 g/L do not yield any survival benefit. However, the risk-benefit ratio of transfusions in these subjects may be even worse than suggested by their study.

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