Using a tube that collects about half the blood of a standard tube will still provide enough blood for a lab test while reducing transfusions for critically ill patients, a new investigative study published by JAMA Network reports. The study, titled "Small-Volume Blood Collection Tubes to Reduce Transfusions in Intensive Care," was published on October 12.
Following are select findings:
About 40% of very sick patients need repeat lab tests, which results in significant loss of blood. This in turn can contribute to anemia and more blood transfusions. Currently, the smaller volume tubes are only used with children.Read More >>