Preoperative recombinant human erythropoietin in anemic surgical patients

  title={Preoperative recombinant human erythropoietin in anemic surgical patients},
  author={Terri G. Monk},
  booktitle={Critical care},
Preoperative anemia in a surgical patient predisposes to poor outcomes and allogeneic blood transfusions. As an alternative to transfusions, pharmacologic management of preoperative anemia with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) has been well studied in many different types of surgery. rHuEPO, when used alone or in combination with preoperative autologous blood donation before elective surgery, stimulates erythropoiesis and helps to avoid or reduce the need for allogeneic blood… CONTINUE READING
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