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Less Blood Testing for Some Surgeries Safe, Cost Effective
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For hospitals looking to lower costs anywhere they can, Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a longstanding procedure worthy of a closer look: the unnecessary crossing and typing of blood for surgeries that almost never require transfusions. “A lot of effort in transfusion medicine has gone toward understanding the transfusion itself and controlling the use of transfused blood,” says Steven Frank, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

“But our new paper focuses on the ordering and testing of blood, which is expensive and time consuming and which we think is overutilized, especially for these cases that are rarely if ever transfused.”