Committee calls for national blood-transfusion standards

06/28/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

An advisory committee is urging the government to establish national standards for administering blood transfusions. Various data show that "there is both excessive and inappropriate use of blood transfusions in the U.S.," according to the advisers. "Improvements in rational use of blood have lagged." The American Red Cross lauded the recommendation, saying it promotes improved patient care.

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