Study examines trends in blood transfusion after spinal fusion

02/20/2014 | BeckersSpine.com

A study in the journal Spine found an increase in allogeneic blood transfusions and a decrease in the use of predonated autologous blood after spinal fusions in the U.S. from 2000 to 2009, based on data from the National Inpatient Sample. "The overall blood transfusion rate remained stable; however it may be reduced by using a patient blood management program," the authors wrote.

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