The transfusion service is an integral and important component of the hospital and should not be outsourced

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Abstract

Hospitals are under increased pressure to decrease operating costs. Hospital-based laboratories, blood banks (transfusion services), increasingly face the potential of being outsourced as hospitals try to survive the current waves of managed care. A number of complicated and unique services are provided by the hospital-based transfusion service and physician. Clinical consultation, complicated immunohematological procedures, apheresis, participation in a complex array of patient-care services, clinical research, ever increasing regulatory issues, and quality assurance activities are only a few of the challenges in today's transfusion medicine environment. This paper will focus on the hospital-based transfusion service, and the transfusion medicine physician, and present arguments as to why this service should remain close to the patient's bedside and not be outsourced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-573
Number of pages9
JournalTransfusion Science
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology
  • Hematology

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