Review Article| Volume 20, ISSUE 2, P281-297, April 2004

Transfusion in surgery and trauma

      Beal stated “blood transfusion is like marriage…it should not be entered upon lightly, unadvisedly or wantonly…or more often than is absolutely necessary” [
      • Beal R.W
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      ]. Approximately 40% of 11 million units of blood transfused in the United States each year are used for emergency resuscitation, and two thirds of all transfusions occur perioperatively. The supply of blood is limited, so clinicians need to understand the issues related to transfusion. In this review, blood transfusion as it relates to the surgical and trauma patient is discussed.
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