Economic Impact of Blood Transfusions: Balancing Cost and Benefits

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Oge T., Kilic C. H., Kilic G. S.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, vol.46, no.1, pp.47-49, 2014 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/eajm.2014.08
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-49
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: No


Blood transfusions may be lifesaving, but they inherit their own risks. Risk of transfusion to benefit is a delicate balance. In addition, blood product transfusions purchases are one of the largest line items among the hospital and laboratory charges. In this review, we aimed to discuss the transfusion strategies and share our transfusion protocol as well as the steps for hospitals to build-up a blood management program while all these factors weight in. Moreover, we evaluate the financial burden to the health care system.