Transfusion is the most commonly performed procedure on inpatients and is on the rise. Before deciding to transfuse, consider the risks—and reduce them if possible.
Michelle Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and clinical education coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); she works clinically in transfusion medicine at UAB Hospital. Patricia Jennings is a professor and director of the PA program at UAB; she works clinically in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.