A novel allocation strategy for blood transfusions: investigating the tradeoff between the age and availability of transfused blood.

@article{Atkinson2012ANA,
  title={A novel allocation strategy for blood transfusions: investigating the tradeoff between the age and availability of transfused blood.},
  author={Michael P. Atkinson and Magali J Fontaine and Lawrence Tim Goodnough and Lawrence M. Wein},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={2012},
  volume={52 1},
  pages={108-17}
}
BACKGROUND Recent studies show that transfusing older blood may lead to increased mortality. This raises the issue of whether transfusing fresher blood can be achieved without jeopardizing blood availability. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS We propose a simple family of policies that is defined by a single threshold: rather than transfusing the oldest available blood that is younger than 42 days, we transfuse the oldest blood that is younger than the threshold, and if there is no blood younger than… CONTINUE READING