When Should You Transfuse Blood Perioperatively?
The excellent outcome of increasingly complex surgeries performed in more and older individuals have made orthopaedic surgeons the role model for other surgical specialities. Besides the “cold work” performed on such persons, the significance of hot orthopaedics in dealing with several trauma cases can never be underestimated. One of the key components of the tremendous success of the latter is blood transfusions. In the same manner, adequately preparing an anaemic patient for the joint/limb surgeries and dealing with unexpected bleeding and blood loss perioperatively is crucial in elective surgeries as well. In this article, several practical points are considered which may assist the specialist in safely prescribing blood and blood component transfusions.