Source: Anaesthesia; Jul 2018; vol. 73 ; p. 121
Publication Date: Jul 2018
Publication Type(s): Conference Abstract
Abstract:Around 160,000 hip and knee replacements are performed every year in the UK . Numerous studies across surgical specialties have shown that pre-operative anaemia is associated with longer length of stay (LoS) in hospital and higher mortality . It has been recommended that patients who present for elective surgery and are found to be anaemic pre-operatively, their operation should be postponed until the anaemia has been investigated and treated adequately. A cut-off of 130 g.l-1 has been suggested . At the same time, the UK Blood Transfusion service has introduced the 'two sample rule' so patients who require transfusion need two blood samples. Our aim was to assess whether our service was functioning well in identifying patients with anaemia and optimising them prior to surgery.