Admission red cell distribution width: a novel predictor of massive transfusion after injury.

@article{Paulus2014AdmissionRC,
  title={Admission red cell distribution width: a novel predictor of massive transfusion after injury.},
  author={Elena M Paulus and Jordan A. Weinberg and Louis J. Magnotti and John Sharpe and Thomas Schroeppel and Timothy C. Fabian and Martin a. Croce},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2014},
  volume={80 7},
  pages={685-9}
}
Admission red cell distribution width (aRDW) has been shown to predict mortality in trauma patients by an unclear mechanism. It has been speculated that aRDW is a marker of chronic health status, but elevated RDW may also reflect recent hemorrhage. We hypothesized that aRDW is a predictor of major hemorrhage in trauma patients. Shock trauma patients at a Level I trauma center over 6.5 years were evaluated. Patients were stratified by aRDW quintile (Q1: less than 13%, Q2: 13.1 to 13.5%, Q3: 13.6… CONTINUE READING