Transfusions backed for palliative care patients

Red blood cell transfusions are effective against anaemia-related symptoms in palliative care patients, SA researchers have shown.

While transfusions are often used late in life to treat symptoms such as fatigue and breathlessness due to anaemia, there has been little research into the efficacy of this expensive and often finite resource, according to Dr Timothy To and colleagues from the palliative services department at Flinders University, Adelaide. 

They therefore conducted a prospective study of 100 transfusions performed in 17 hospices and palliative care units to assess the impact on