Blood use in elective surgery: the Austrian benchmark study.

  title={Blood use in elective surgery: the Austrian benchmark study.},
  author={Hans Gombotz and Peter H. Rehak and Aryeh S Shander and Axel O Hofmann},
  volume={47 8},
BACKGROUND Benchmarking transfusion activity may help to eliminate inappropriate use of blood products. The goal of this study was to measure and to compare the current transfusion practice and to identify predictors of transfusion in public hospitals to develop strategies to optimize transfusion practices. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS This was a prospective observational study in 18 randomly selected public hospitals from April 2004 to February 2005. Primary outcome measures were the amount of… CONTINUE READING
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