Critical haemoglobin thresholds in premature infants

Andersen, Chad
May 2001
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;May2001, Vol. 84 Issue 3, pF146
Academic Journal
Blood transfusion is an integral part of neonatal intensive care. Unfortunately, transfusion practice is often based on expert opinion and anecdote rather than scientific evidence. Historically, blood transfusions have been used as therapy for apnoea and bradycardia, poor feeding, poor weight gain, and pallor. Although many studies have examined these outcomes, few are methodologically sound, many lack sufficient power, and most contribute little to the discussion. Theoretically, red blood cell transfusion is used to avoid the pathological state in which oxygen demand is greater than supply.


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