Washed versus unwashed red blood cells for transfusion for the prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants.

@article{Keir2016WashedVU,
  title={Washed versus unwashed red blood cells for transfusion for the prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants.},
  author={Amy K Keir and Dominic Wilkinson and Chad C. Andersen and Michael Stark},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2016},
  volume={1},
  pages={CD011484}
}
BACKGROUND Infants born very preterm often receive multiple red blood cell (RBC) transfusions during their initial hospitalisation. However, there is an increasing awareness of potential adverse effects of RBC transfusions in this vulnerable patient population. Modification of RBCs prior to transfusion, through washing with 0.9% saline, may reduce these adverse effects and reduce the rate of significant morbidity and mortality for preterm infants and improve outcomes for this high-risk group… CONTINUE READING
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