This consensus document, published in the July issue of Anaesthesia, was produced by members of a Working Party established by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). The document has been reviewed and endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and NATA.

The authors emphasize the importance of a transfusion practice based on current, scientific, evidence-based knowledge, and note that a multidisciplinary approach that aims to benefit patients by the reduction in inappropriate transfusions is paramount.

AAGBI guidelines: the use of blood components and their alternatives 2016