Blood Bank, Compliance & Safety, Education & Training, Test Utilization

Reminder: Choosing Wisely Recommendations for Blood Products

As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) released five recommendations for transfusions:

  1. Don’t transfuse more units of blood than absolutely necessary.
  2. Don’t transfuse red blood cells for iron deficiency without hemodynamic instability
  3. Don’t routinely use blood products to reverse warfarin
  4. Don’t perform serial blood counts on clinically stable patients
  5. Don’t transfuse O negative blood except to O negative patients and in emergencies for women of child bearing potential with unknown blood group.

For more information please visit the Choosing Wisely site: http://www.choosingwisely.org/societies/american-association-of-blood-banks/

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