Effect of a patient blood management programme on preoperative anaemia, transfusion rate, and outcome after primary hip or knee arthroplasty: a quality improvement cycle.

@article{Kotze2012EffectOA,
  title={Effect of a patient blood management programme on preoperative anaemia, transfusion rate, and outcome after primary hip or knee arthroplasty: a quality improvement cycle.},
  author={Alwyn Kotze and Latoya A Carter and Andrew J. Scally},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  year={2012},
  volume={108 6},
  pages={943-52}
}
BACKGROUND There are few data on the associations between anaemia, allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT), patient blood management, and outcome after arthroplasty in the UK. National agencies nevertheless instruct NHS Trusts to implement blood conservation measures including preoperative anaemia management. Internationally, blood management programmes show encouraging results. METHODS We retrospectively audited 717 primary hip or knee arthroplasties in a UK general hospital and conducted… CONTINUE READING