‘Blood products are a valuable resource, derived from altruistic donations. They undergo high-cost screening and modification to decrease the risk of transfusion-transmitted infection. Although blood products have achieved a high level of safety, significant risks associated with transfusion remain.
To avoid unnecessary transfusions, patient blood management involves optimising red cell mass, minimising blood loss, and optimising physiological tolerance of anaemia. ‘
The Australian Prescriber has provided an informative article which is enclosed for your information on the costs of and the different types of blood products available in Australia.