Blood transfusion can be live-saving and anaesthetists regularly request and administer blood components to their patients. All anaesthetists must be familiar with indications and appropriate use of blood and blood components and their alternatives.
These guidelines cover blood components and their alternatives, and include information on:
- Patient blood management
- Process for transfusion
- Red blood cell transfusion
- Major haemorrhage
- Special situations and trauma
- Cardiac surgery