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The INR and FFP

Is This a Good Relationship with Regard to Transfusion Practice?


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FFP Requests1

Slide 5

December 2008

At the Massachusetts General Hospital, a computerized physician-order entry system is used for all transfusions administered outside the operating rooms. The physician-order entry software requires that the person ordering the transfusion select the reason for the transfusion from a pick list. The reasons put forth by prescribing physicians for all FFP requests posted via the physician-order entry system were compiled during the period of February to April 2003.

During this time period, the most common reason for prescribing FFP was to “prepare a patient with an elevated INR for an invasive procedure.” This single indication represented 31% of all FFP ordered via the physician-order entry system, and 32% of all FFP units transfused outside the operating room.

FFP Requests1


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