18: Blood transfusion rates in apical prolapse repairs

      Blood type and antibody screening (T&S) are often performed prior to surgery. Recent American College of Pathologists guidelines require two T&S from separate venipunctures, which is burdensome to the patient and adds cost. With the increasing frequency of minimally invasive urogynecologic surgery, transfusion rates may be lower than historically reported. Thus, our primary objective was to compare blood transfusion rates between three routes of apical prolapse repairs (vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic, or robotic) in an effort to identify the current need for T&S. Our secondary objective was to assess the prevalence of a positive antibody screen.
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