Optimal preprocedural platelet transfusion threshold for central venous catheter insertions in patients with thrombocytopenia.

@article{Zeidler2011OptimalPP,
  title={Optimal preprocedural platelet transfusion threshold for central venous catheter insertions in patients with thrombocytopenia.},
  author={Kristin Zeidler and Kornelius Arn and Oliver Senn and Urs Schanz and Georg Stussi},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={2011},
  volume={51 11},
  pages={
          2269-76
        }
}
BACKGROUND Patients with severe thrombocytopenia are at risk for bleeding during insertion of central venous catheters (CVCs). Although most guidelines recommend preprocedural platelet (PLT) transfusions at a threshold of less than 50 × 10(9) /L, there is only weak evidence supporting such recommendations. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The current study aimed to establish a safe PLT transfusion trigger in patients with CVC placements. We performed a retrospective single-center analysis of 604 CVC… CONTINUE READING

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