Reducing the hemoglobin trigger to 7 g/dl in stable patients not only saves blood but also reduces patient infection and mortality rates, experts say. "Health care executives have a wonderful opportunity to improve patient care and reduce their costs simultaneously," AABB Past President Dr. James AuBuchon said. AABB released "Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline," which appeared in the March 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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