Intravenous literature: Cole, J.R. and Cross, M.H. (2010) Clinical strategies to avoid blood transfusion. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. 11(2), p.47-49.
Clinical strategies to avoid blood transfusion are now considered a routine part of the peri-operative management of any patient presenting for major surgery. The universal introduction of pre-assessment clinics in the UK and the increasing acceptance of the need for multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings mean that anaesthetists now play a major role in reducing the need for peri-operative transfusion.