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Invited Commentary
October 2015

Determining When Patients Need Transfusions

Author Affiliations
  • 1R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland, Baltimore
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(10):956. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.1710

Blood transfusions save lives but carry risks, including immunosuppression, infections, and transfusion reactions. For stable patients, a restrictive transfusion strategy (transfusions for a hemoglobin [Hb] level of <7 g/dL [to convert to grams per liter, multiply by 10.0]) is safe, possibly beneficial, and saves money.13

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