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In Transfusion, More Blood Means More Risk, Higher Cost
Health Leaders Media

Many surgeons put their patients in harm’s way by transfusing far more blood than necessary for good outcomes, and incurring enormous and avoidable expenses for their hospitals and for society—as much as $1,100 per unit.

That’s according to a study of highly variable use of blood and components by surgeons who operated on nearly 3,000 patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital between February, 2010 and August, 2011. The research paper was published in the April issue of the journal Anesthesiology.