Cost of allogeneic and autologous blood transfusion in Canada

Roma Tretiak, Andreas Laupacis, Marc Rivière, Krista McKerracher, Eric Souêtre, Lynn Boshkov, Gershon Growe, John Kitts, David Home, Yves Lapointe, Peter Pinkerton, Renaud Whittom, Muhammad Zahir

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Objective: To determine the cost, from a societal perspective, of blood transfusion in Canada. Study design: Cost-structure analysis. Setting: Data were collected from eight hospitals and from six blood centres operated by the Canadian Red Cross Society in four provinces. Outcome measures: Costs associated with four stages of transfusion -- collection, production, distribution and delivery -- in 1993 were assessed. Costs were divided into the following categories: personnel, purchases, external services, overhead, donors' time, patients' time (for autologous transfusion), wastage and infection. Results: The mean overall cost of a transfusion performed on an inpatient basis was $210 per unit of red blood cells for an allogeneic transfusion and $338 per unit of blood for an autologous transfusion. The mean cost of an allogeneic transfusion performed on an outpatient basis was $280 per unit of red blood cells. Conclusion: The costs determined in this study can be used in future studies comparing the cost-effectiveness of allogeneic transfusion with that of alternative methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1508
Number of pages8
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 1996
Externally publishedYes

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