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Blood Transfusion

Cost, Quality, and Other Considerations for the Surgical Management of the Critically Ill

Jankite, Michelle Keasling MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000250
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This article explores the average overall costs of blood transfusion for critically ill surgical patients and in particular explores the evidence supporting reduction of transfusion as part of guideline-based care in cardiothoracic surgical patients. Average cost data compiled from various sources are presented and quality and outcome considerations in blood transfusion in the critically ill are reviewed. Multiple strategies that have a high level of evidence to support their use in this population are noted.

Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Heart & Vascular Center, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Correspondence: Michelle Keasling Jankite, MSN, RN, Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Heart & Vascular Center, 1638 Owen Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28304 ( or

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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