Mild hypothermia increases blood loss and transfusion requirements during total hip arthroplasty.

@article{Schmied1996MildHI,
  title={Mild hypothermia increases blood loss and transfusion requirements during total hip arthroplasty.},
  author={H P Schmied and Andrea Kurz and Daniel I Sessler and Sibylle Kozek and A. Reiter},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1996},
  volume={347 8997},
  pages={289-92}
}
BACKGROUND In-vitro studies indicate that platelet function and the coagulation cascade are impaired by hypothermia. However, the extent to which perioperative hypothermia influences bleeding during surgery remains unknown. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that mild hypothermia increases blood loss and allogeneic transfusion requirements during hip arthroplasty. METHODS Blood loss and transfusion requirements were evaluated in 60 patients undergoing primary, unilateral total hip… CONTINUE READING

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