Keimyung Medical Journal, Vol.6(1) : 113-119, 1987
Blood is very important therapeutic agent in bleeding patient, and very invaluable substance because of obtaining from humans only. During a 12-month evaluation period from June 1985 through May 1986, an analysis of blood use for 87 surgical procedures from 2,527 patients was done. Surgical procedures of 34 groups (39.1%) were received blood below 1 unit on the average transfused unit. Surgical procedures which were above 3 units in difference between average crossmatched numbers and transfused ones how 14 groups (16.1%). 28,329 units were crossmatched and 18.349 units transfused, therefore 9.980 units (35.2%) were returned to blood bank. Above results show that physicians order blood on the basis of habit. By realigning crossmatching order with actual excepted needs, substantial savings can be realized in terms of personnel, time, reagent, and outdating of units of blood.