In the News…
Dr. Bruce Spiess is quoted in Anesthesiology News February 7th edition in an article written by Michael Vlessides entitled “Critical Care Patients Benefit From Restrictive Transfusion Strategy… But do perioperative patients generally?”
Bruce D. Spiess, MD, professor and associate chair of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville, told Anesthesiology News that Dr. Chong’s analysis of randomized controlled trials is important because it supports findings that have been found in retrospective database research.
“Blood transfusion has evolved in medicine as a culture and a religion, a human behavior not based on hard science,” he commented. “The belief that people will be better with more blood transfusions has been refuted over and over again.
“Those on the front lines making the hard decision to transfuse any given unit to a patient still do not have adequate decision trees for when to invoke this, the most common therapy in American medicine,” Dr. Spiess continued. “The review of randomized trials should awaken us all to the fact that the most common therapy in medicine seems to be making people die more often the more we give it!
“We need research across all of medicine to define when critical oxygen delivery is threatened and when transfusion could help.”
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