Routine group and save unnecessary for gastric band surgery: a retrospective case review audit of 1018 bariatric patients.
Parker, S., Mahawar, K., Balupuri, S., Boyle, M. and Small, P.
What is already known about this subject
• The demand for bariatric surgery is increasing.
• NHS Trusts are expected to instigate cost-efficiency measures.
• Previous articles have discussed the need for routine preoperative cross-match.
What this study adds
• No gastric band patient suffered a significant drop in haemoglobin or needed a blood transfusion.
• Group and save samples could be safely stored in the laboratory and only sent for analysis if clinically indicated.
• Even greater cost savings could be achieved if prudent use of perioperative blood testing and blood transfusion was implemented.
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