Blood Minimisation Group
Blood transfusion can be lifesaving but it is truly a “transplanted organ” and can have serious risks. The human blood is a vital but scarce resource that is often “wasted” when given inappropriately. The heart-lung machine can cause significant alteration to clotting mechanisms even in otherwise healthy people. Heart surgery consumes approximately 20% of all blood products collected in Australia.
- This group will design management strategies to identify who should receive blood products, when they should receive blood products and, if possible, how much blood product should be given.
- The group will also identify effective alternatives to blood transfusion and the use of blood products.
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