Transfusion criteria in free flap surgery.

  title={Transfusion criteria in free flap surgery.},
  author={Sarah R Rossmiller and Steven B. Cannady and Tamer Abdel-Halim Ghanem and Mark K. Wax},
  journal={Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery},
  volume={142 3},
OBJECTIVE The ideal hematocrit for patients undergoing free flap reconstruction is unknown. It is standard practice to keep hematocrit levels above 30 percent, although there is evidence that blood transfusions are associated with both infectious and noninfectious complications. We propose that lowering the trigger for postoperative transfusions from 30… CONTINUE READING