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April 18, 1980

Use of Blood in Elective Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Veterans Administration Medical Center and Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans.

JAMA. 1980;243(15):1536-1538. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300410024017
Abstract

A retrospective study of blood-ordering practices and blood use for elective surgical procedures at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of New Orleans shows a cross match-to-transfusion ratio of 4.29. To reduce this ratio, a guideline for ABO-Rh type and antibody screen (type and screen) is implemented. This avoids routine cross matching for those surgical procedures where blood is seldom transfused.

(JAMA 243:1536-1538, 1980)

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