ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Review
Economic Impact of Blood Transfusions: Balancing Cost and Benefits
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA;Department of Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey  
2 Counseler, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2014; 46: 47-49
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2014.08
Key Words: Blood transfusion, cost effectiveness, surgery
Abstract

Blood transfusions may be lifesaving, but they inherit their own risks. Risk of transfusion to benefit is a delicate balance. In addition, blood product transfusions purchases are one of the largest line items among the hospital and laboratory charges. In this review, we aimed to discuss the transfusion strategies and share our transfusion protocol as well as the steps for hospitals to build-up a blood management program while all these factors weight in. Moreover, we evaluate the financial burden to the health care system.

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