“TACO.” Even the name sounds ridiculous, but there is ever-growing understanding of the impact of Transfusion-associated Circulatory Overload, and Dr. Garrett Booth is here to tell us why.
Despite having possibly the silliest acronym in the history of medicine (note: This is Dr. Chaffin’s personal opinion, not necessarily shared by Dr. Booth!), TACO is a very serious disease. TACO is responsible for the second-most number of deaths from transfusion every year in the United States (and is actually #1 in countries with active hemovigilance programs such as the United Kingdom). It’s not something to mess around with, but far too many clinicians and blood bankers fail to give it the respect it deserves.
Dr. Garrett Booth is a passionate educator who feels strongly about educating us all on the ins and outs of TACO (pun intended), and he shares “Five Essential Tips about TACO” in Episode 021 of the Blood Bank Guy Essentials Podcast! This is an energetic and fast-moving discussion, and you will come away with a much better understanding of why TACO is so important.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Booth nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.
The images below are generously provided by Dr. Booth and transfusionnews.com.
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- Alam A et al. The Prevention of Transfusion-Associated Circulatory Overload. Transf Med Rev 2014;27(2):105-112.
- Andrzejewski Jr C et al. How we view and approach transfusion-associated circulatory overload: pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, mitigation, and prevention. Transfusion 2013;53:3037-3047.