TITLE

Should critically ill patients be routinely transfused to a normal haemoglobin level?

AUTHOR(S)
Markhorst, D. G.; Kneyber, M. C. J.
PUB. DATE
November 2007
SOURCE
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Nov2007, Vol. 92 Issue 11, p1038
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a case study on whether critically ill patients should be transfused to a normal hemoglobin level among children in Great Britain. Anemia is considered common among critically ill patients and may have multiple causes. It is suggested that hemoglobin concentration should be maintained at levels of at least 10 grams per deciliter in maintaining oxygen delivery. Study shows that transfusion decision tend to be driven by individual transfusion triggers rather than by specific physiological triggers or consensus. It was found out that the patients are at increased risk of death whether or not transfusions are prescribed.
ACCESSION #
27607731

 

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