Activity-based costs of blood transfusions in surgical patients at four hospitals.

  title={Activity-based costs of blood transfusions in surgical patients at four hospitals.},
  author={Aryeh S Shander and Axel O Hofmann and Sherri J Ozawa and Oliver Michel Theusinger and Hans Gombotz and Donat R Spahn},
  volume={50 4},
BACKGROUND Blood utilization has long been suspected to consume more health care resources than previously reported. Incomplete accounting for blood costs has the potential to misdirect programmatic decision making by health care systems. Determining the cost of supplying patients with blood transfusions requires an in-depth examination of the complex array of activities surrounding the decision to transfuse. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS To accurately determine the cost of blood in a surgical… CONTINUE READING
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