Tasmanian research has the potential to save millions of dollars for health systems worldwide thanks to an innovative approach to postoperative care.
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Haemotologist Alhossain Khalafallah led a project which provided postoperativeiron transfusions to elective surgery patients who were anaemic or bled after their operation.

Professor Khalafallah said current guidelines recommended iron transfusions were provided before operations but this was not always possible.

His research found major benefits for patients and hospitals.

“You reduce the length of stay by three days, infection rate reduced significantly, also the haemoglobin improved, which is the main factor why you give a blood transfusion and blood transfusion was really reduced by five times what we normally get,” Professor Khalafallah said.

The research,a collaboration between the Launceston General Hospital, Calvary, the University of Tasmania and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research,was published in prestigious medical journalThe Lancet Haemotologyand has already been cited by leading haemotologists internationally.

The achievement was especially significantas the majority of the study’s authors were fifth-year University of Tasmania medical students.

UTAS School of Health Sciences head Dominic Geraghty said:“The advantages of being an island state is that we’ve gota single health system, a single university, and we’ve got a primarily very engaged private healthcare sector, so the three of them can work together to achieve research that is above world standard.”

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