The Yin and Yang of Blood Transfusions [Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim]
Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2017; 45(3): 122-123 | DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2017.46144  

The Yin and Yang of Blood Transfusions

Aryeh Shander, Tamara Friedman
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Team Health Research Institute, Englewood, NJ, USA

Treatment for anemia should be determined based on effectiveness and the least amount of risk. Therefore, physicians should consider all available options before resorting to blood transfusions. While transfusions can be beneficial in certain circumstances, they do carry added risk and alternatives do exist. Instead of physicians focusing on whether or not they should transfuse restrictively or liberally, they should explore the underlying cause of the anemia and target the patientís treatment accordingly. When the proper precautions are taken and alternative approaches are utilized, patientsí anemia can be managed without contributing to the overuse of blood products.

Keywords: anemia, blood transfusion, hemoglobin

Aryeh Shander, Tamara Friedman. The Yin and Yang of Blood Transfusions. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2017; 45(3): 122-123

Corresponding Author: Aryeh Shander, United States

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