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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2007 May;131(5):695-701.

Blood management.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, 300 Pasteur Dr, M/C 5626, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.



We provide an overview of the principles of blood management: the appropriate use of blood and blood components, with a goal of minimizing their use.


To review the strategies that exploit combinations of surgical and medical techniques, technologic devices, and pharmaceuticals, along with an interdisciplinary team approach that combines specialists who are expert at minimizing allogeneic blood transfusion.


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Blood management is most successful when multidisciplinary, proactive programs are in place so that these strategies can be individualized to specific patients.

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