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Transfusion. 1980 Nov-Dec;20(6):725-8.

Type and hold system for better blood utilization.


Blood bank personnel can convince surgeons to change their presurgical blood orders from a type-and-crossmatch to a type-and-hold approach. To do this, it is necessary to guarantee blood availability within a short time frame if blood should be unexpectedly required. Such a change in blood orders significantly reduced the number of unnecessary crossmatches and the amount of wasted outdated blood in our institution. Economic savings and conservation of resources were realized without compromising the patients' safety or the quality of our service.

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