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Research Letter
February 27, 2018

Trends in Red Blood Cell, Plasma, and Platelet Transfusions in the United States, 1993-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2018;319(8):825-827. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20121

Blood transfusions are one of the most common hospital procedures. Randomized trials have demonstrated the safety of restrictive transfusion strategies.1 Hospitals have subsequently implemented patient blood management programs to facilitate restrictive transfusion practices aimed to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and conserve blood. We are unaware of nationally representative studies evaluating temporal trends in red blood cell (RBC), plasma, and platelet transfusions while accounting for the influence of patient-level or hospital-level characteristics.

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