Rachel O'Farrell

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PURPOSE In cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), excessive blood loss requiring the transfusion of multiple red blood cell (RBC) units is a common complication that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to develop a prediction rule for massive blood transfusion (MBT) that could be used to(More)
BACKGROUND This observational study explored the potential utility of oxygen extraction ratio (O2ER) as an adjunct to the hemoglobin (Hb) concentration for guiding red blood cell (RBC) transfusion decisions after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Hb and O2ER measures were obtained before as well as 15 and 120(More)
A previously healthy 25-yr-old female developed flaccid areflexic tetraplegia, with intact cranial nerve function, 36 h after the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Polymerase chain reaction studies of cerebrospinal fluid and blood were positive for Neisseria meningitidis, serogroup B. Magnetic resonance of the cervicothoracic spine revealed increased(More)
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