Journal article

The use of technologies to minimize exposure to perioperative allogeneic blood transfusion in elective surgery - A survey of Canadian hospitals

ID Graham, D Fergusson, L McAuley, A Laupacis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite the growing medical and public interest in reducing exposure to allogeneic blood, little is known about the use of alternatives to allogeneic transfusion. This study was conducted to determine the availability of these technologies in Canadian hospitals and was undertaken under the auspices of the International Study of Peri-Operative Transfusion (ISPOT), a 10-country study of the effectiveness of, attitudes toward, and practices related to the use of alternatives to allogeneic transfusion. METHODS: A cross-sectional national mail survey of Canadian hospitals with greater than 50 medical/surgical beds. Chiefs of anesthesia, surgery, and the divisions of cardiac, orthopedi..

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