Published in Blood Weekly, November 7th, 2002
They recorded the use of nearly 10,000 units of red blood cells from all National Health Service hospital blood banks in the north of England. More than half (52%) of all units were given to medical patients, 41% to surgical patients, and 6% to obstetric and gynecology patients.
Demand for blood transfusion increases with age. The average age of a patient receiving an individual unit of blood in this study was 63 years.
Using these figures of current patterns of red cell use and applying them to future...
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