Comparison of blood transfusion practice in two hospitals before and after publication of evidence of acceptable haemoglobin levels

Kinsella, J., Fletcher, G., Garrioch, M., Walsh, T., Daniel, M. and Woolman, P. (2001) Comparison of blood transfusion practice in two hospitals before and after publication of evidence of acceptable haemoglobin levels. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 18(Supple), p. 57.

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Abstract

Introduction and background: Following publication of Canadian Multicentre Trial in 1999 we performed an audit of blood use and haemoglobins in two intensive care units to assess the impact of this evidence on practice.

Methods: For all intensive care admissions the highest and lowest haemoglobins and units of blood transfused were recorded. Data was collected for July-December 1998 and July-December 1999. Data from blood transfusion service and routine haematology was combined in a single database and analysed using Mann-Whitney Testing for changes between the two time periods.

Results: In both centres the lowest haemoglobin fell significantly (P < 0.05) between the two time periods.

Discussion: The clinical practice in these two units changed over this time period. Clinical evidence appears to be having a measurable effect on clinical practice.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Abstracts and Programme: European Society of Anaesthesiologists; 9th Annual Meeting with the Swedish Society of Anaesthesiology; Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-10 April 2001: Transfusion and Haemostasis
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kinsella, Professor John and Daniel, Malcolm
Authors: Kinsella, J., Fletcher, G., Garrioch, M., Walsh, T., Daniel, M., and Woolman, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ltd.
ISSN:0265-0215
ISSN (Online):1365-2346

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