UK-wide audit of red blood cell transfusion in hospices
- Small observational studies have shown that transfusion can improve symptoms in people with advanced cancer. However, receiving unnecessary transfusions can cause harm (risk of transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO) and often means the person cannot do anything else on the same day. It was not known whether people receiving palliative care were receiving transfusions appropriately or whether their symptoms could be managed more appropriately with alternative treatments. No previous national audit of practice has been performed.
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© 2017 The Authors Vox Sanguinis © 2017 International Society of Blood Transfusion. Presented at the 27th Regional Congress of the ISBT.
This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from Wiley at: https://doi.org/10.1111/vox.12530
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