Mortality and morbidity in patients with very low postoperative Hb levels who decline blood transfusion.

@article{Carson2002MortalityAM,
  title={Mortality and morbidity in patients with very low postoperative Hb levels who decline blood transfusion.},
  author={Jeffrey J L Carson and Helaine Noveck and Jesse A Berlin and Steven A. Gould},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={2002},
  volume={42 7},
  pages={812-8}
}
BACKGROUND Guidelines for allogeneic transfusion emphasize minimizing use to avoid transmission of serious illness. However, there is little information on the risks associated from withholding transfusion. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A retrospective cohort study of patients who declined RBC transfusions for religious reasons was performed. This analysis was restricted to consecutive patients > or = 18 years old, who underwent surgery in the operating room from 1981 to 1994 and had a… CONTINUE READING