Can mandatory pretransfusion approval programmes be improved?

  title={Can mandatory pretransfusion approval programmes be improved?},
  author={Tracie Hawkins and J Malcolm Carter and Phillip M. Hunter},
  journal={Transfusion medicine},
  volume={4 1},
To improve the appropriateness of blood-component prescribing, a mandatory haematologist pretransfusion approval programme of all non-red-cell components was instituted. This was associated with a 33% decrease in the units of fresh frozen plama (FFP) transfused. Platelet transfusions increased but utilization of both platelets and FFP are now the lowest of the six comparable blood transfusion regions in New Zealand. A subsequent concurrent audit, using preset criteria, of FFP, cryoprecipitate… CONTINUE READING