In the News…
Bruce D. Spiess, MD, professor and associate chair of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine was quoted in the March 21st edition of General Surgery News. The article is titled “Critical Care Patients Benefit From Restrictive Transfusion Strategy”, use this link to read the full article.
“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.”