Transfusion triggers for guiding RBC transfusion for cardiovascular surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis*.

  title={Transfusion triggers for guiding RBC transfusion for cardiovascular surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis*.},
  author={Gerard F Curley and Nadine Shehata and Cyril David Mazer and G. Hare and Jan O. Friedrich},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  volume={42 12},
OBJECTIVE Restrictive red cell transfusion is recommended to minimize risk associated with exposure to allogeneic blood. However, perioperative anemia is an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes after cardiovascular surgery. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine whether perioperative restrictive transfusion thresholds are associated with inferior clinical outcomes in randomized trials of cardiovascular surgery patients. DATA SOURCES The Cochrane… CONTINUE READING
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