Blood conservation strategies to reduce the need for red blood cell transfusion in critically ill patients.

@article{Tinmouth2008BloodCS,
  title={Blood conservation strategies to reduce the need for red blood cell transfusion in critically ill patients.},
  author={Alan T. Tinmouth and Lauralynn A McIntyre and Robert Andrew Fowler},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  year={2008},
  volume={178 1},
  pages={49-57}
}
Anemia commonly affects critically ill patients. The causes are multifactorial and include acute blood loss, blood loss from diagnostic testing and blunted red blood cell production. Blood transfusions are frequently given to patients in intensive care units to treat low hemoglobin levels due to either acute blood loss or subacute anemia associated with critical illness. Although blood transfusion is a life-saving therapy, evidence suggests that it may be associated with an increased risk of… CONTINUE READING