Why blood transfusions are often seen as bad medicine

Dr Simon Towler, an intensive care specialist, explains the limited evidence for their widespread use

Of all the low-value, unnecessary medical interventions, few outside the medical profession would think they would include blood transfusions.


But transfusions are on the Choosing Wisely hit list, along things like thyroid screening and X-rays for non-specific back pain.

Australian Doctor spoke to Dr Simon Towler, intensive care staff specialist at Fiona Stanley Hospital in WA, about the flimsy evidence base for their widespread use.

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