Lowering the hemoglobin threshold for transfusion in coronary artery bypass procedures: effect on patient outcome.

@article{Bracey1999LoweringTH,
  title={Lowering the hemoglobin threshold for transfusion in coronary artery bypass procedures: effect on patient outcome.},
  author={Arthur W. Bracey and Rajko Radovancevic and Shirley A. Riggs and Stan C Houston and Heidi B. Cozart and William K. Vaughn and Branislav Radovancevi{\'c} and Hugh A. McAllister and Denton A. Cooley},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={1999},
  volume={39 10},
  pages={1070-7}
}
BACKGROUND There is controversy regarding the application of transfusion triggers in cardiac surgery. The goal of this study was to determine if lowering the hemoglobin threshold for red cell (RBC) transfusion to 8 g per dL after coronary artery bypass graft surgery would reduce blood use without adversely affecting patient outcome. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Consecutive patients (n = 428) undergoing elective primary coronary artery bypass graft surgery were randomly assigned to two groups… CONTINUE READING
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