People with Iron Deficiency Anaemia are at higher risk of overall poor health and comorbidities, which can have a significant impact on NHS budgets. Early identification and treatment present a simple opportunity for both improving patient outcomes and generating efficiencies for the NHS.
With competing demands on commissioners, why should the focus be on anaemia? Clinically and economically it makes sense to introduce and/or formalise simple pre-emptive care measures into existing care processes before patients with anaemia reach the point of needing blood transfusion. Blood is clearly a limited resource and ideally transfusion should be reserved for emergencies.
Our disease insight report, Anaemia: Opportunities in surgical care, has been produced to focus attention on methods of substantially improving the burden of pre-operative care for patients with anaemia and the unnecessary strain that this places on NHS resources.
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British Society for Haematology, 2015
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