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We are working with the United Kingdom Blood Transfusion Services' (UKBTS) systematic reviews group to link statements in this handbook to the available evidence. This is an ongoing project and will not alter the fact that there are many areas of practice for which the best evidence is drawn from consensus statements or professional opinions.
This book refers to practices (for example, for blood administration) that, although not supported by reliable evidence from any formal studies, are contained in current manuals and guidelines, presumably because experience over many years justifies the belief that the practice is safe and effective.
Where possible, information about treatment is based on the relevant BCSH guidelines, but in some cases where there is no evidence-based consensus about best practice, the text is based on the practice in a particular hospital and is provided as an example. Where an approved local treatment guideline is available, this should be used. The editors would welcome information from practitioners who have identified and prefer to use alternative practices that have been shown to be safer or more effective.
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