The effect of cardiopulmonary bypass prime volume on the need for blood transfusion after pediatric cardiac surgery.


OBJECTIVE There is increasing awareness that erythrocyte transfusions after pediatric cardiac surgery have deleterious effects. Despite reports of decreased transfusion requirements associated with smaller cardiopulmonary bypass circuits, the relationship between circuit prime volume and need for transfusion has not been systematically examined. METHODS… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.07.016


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