May
2009

Dutch orthopedic blood management surveys 2002 and 2007: an increasing use of blood-saving measures.

Horstmann WG, Ettema HB, Verheyen CC
Arch Orthop Trauma Surg 2009; Jun 16 [Epub ahead of print].
NATA Rating :
Review by : R. Slappendel
NATA Review

This study is worth reading because it shows that when a country is aware of the possible effects of a therapy it is possible to change clinical practice within a few years. In this case, the amount of allogeneic blood transfusions dropped amazing in The Netherlands.
It contributes to improving clinical outcome and reducing health care costs.

– Robert Slappendel