May 3, 2014 8:25 PM

Blood and red ink: Hospitals perform fewer transfusions and blood banks feel the pain

Hospitals across the country — including St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Kansas Hospital — have changed policies and technology to safely minimize the need for blood transfusions, both to cut costs and to diminish risks to patients. But declining demand is forcing a lot of belt-tightening by blood collection organizations that less than a decade ago faced chronically short supplies.

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