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Title: The epidemiology of blood component transfusion in Scotland
Author: Biggin, K. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2008
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The cross-linked PhD study dataset comprises information on blood component use within a subset of Scottish hospitals that received approximately 48% of the red blood cell units delivered by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in the year 2000. The dataset contains 41,431 transfusion day records of used units that represent 21,309 transfused patients and 60,130 used red blood cell units, 4,795 used platelet units, 9,446 used fresh frozen plasma units, and 1,7598 used cryoprecipitate units. For red blood cell, platelet and plasma use, few patients were intensely transfused with a large proportion of blood component units. 13,894 (23%) red blood cell units were attributed to 4,664 clinical events defined as red blood cell-using procedures; 7,286 (12%) red blood cell units were attributed to 726 patients with a diagnosis of haematological disease. The remaining 65% of red blood cell units were attributed to case groups which, though not fully classified, include patients with multiple transfusion day records and/or multiple SMR01/cancer/death records, patients with malignant neoplasms (other than those defined for haematological case group), patients with markers for gastrointestinal bleeding, and elderly patients. The data was also used to describe blood component use by age, and further, used to model the effect of the aging population on the demand for blood. Other potential applications of the study dataset relating to blood use modelling are also described. The results can be used for future planning and to inform guidelines and policy, with the aim of changing practice and promoting the appropriate use of blood.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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