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Hospitals cut blood transfusions to improve patient recovery, bottom line

Orlando Sentinel, January 30, 2014
Hospitals are turning away from donated blood because studies show a patient's recovery can be quicker and cheaper without transfusions, leading to layoffs at the statewide blood bank based in Orlando. OneBlood has terminated 43 employees as it works with hospitals and clinics to reduce the number of transfusions. "A new era of blood banking has arrived, and along with it comes shifts in how we operate. We must make tough decisions and align our resources and staffing needs accordingly," OneBlood spokeswoman Susan Forbes said.