Hematocrit value on intensive care unit entry influences the frequency of Q-wave myocardial infarction after coronary artery bypass grafting. The Institutions of the Multicenter Study of Perioperative Ischemia (McSPI) Research Group.

@article{Spiess1998HematocritVO,
  title={Hematocrit value on intensive care unit entry influences the frequency of Q-wave myocardial infarction after coronary artery bypass grafting. The Institutions of the Multicenter Study of Perioperative Ischemia (McSPI) Research Group.},
  author={Bruce D. Spiess and Catherine Ley and Simon C Body and Lawrence C. Siegel and Emily Stover and Rosemarie Maddi and Michael N D'Ambra and Uday Jain and Feng Liu and Ahvie Herskowitz and Dennis Thomas Mangano and Jack Levin},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={116 3},
  pages={460-7}
}
OBJECTIVES No data exist regarding "the best" hematocrit value after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Transfusion practice varies, because neither an optimal hematocrit value nor a uniform transfusion trigger criterion has been determined. METHODS To investigate the optimal hematocrit value, we studied 2202 patients undergoing coronary bypass. The hematocrit value on entry into the intensive care unit (IHCT) was categorized into three groups: high (> or = 34%), medium (25% to 33%), and… CONTINUE READING
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