Donor blood transfusions 30% higher mortality - SRF 1 Puls with Prof. D. Spahn

A documentary program on Swiss television, SRF 1 Puls, aired 26 January 2015 discussed the risk factors associated with donor blood transfusions. Prof. Donat Spahn outlined his 'patient blood management' concept whereby all steps are taken to reduce donor blood tranfusions peri-operatively. The program stated a 30% higher mortality recorded with those receiving DBTs vs. those that do not.