Journal 10, October 1999pages: 86-88
Methods: We compared the cost of treating anemia of prematurity in two consecutive 12-month periods: before and after the introduction of EPO therapy in our unit. The cost of blood bank charges as well as disposable items and the cost of EPO were compared.
Results: A significantly smaller number of infants required blood transfusions in the EPO group (2 of 25 vs. 9/21 before EPO was introduced). The cost of therapy for anemia of prematurity was significantly smaller in the EPO group (128±168 US$ per infant vs. 151±189 US$ per infant before the introduction of EPO).
Conclusion: We conclude that EPO is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to blood transfusions in VLBW infants.
(1) VLBW = very low birthweight
(2) EPO = erythropoietin