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Anemia, transfusions and hospital outcomes among critically ill patients on prolonged acute mechanical ventilation: a retrospective cohort study.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical care (London, England)
1466-609X
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
2
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DOI: 10.1186/cc6885
PMID: 18442375
Source
Medline

Abstract

Patients receiving PAMV are at high likelihood of being transfused with multiple units of blood at relatively high hemoglobin levels. Transfusions independently contribute to increased risk for hospital death, length of stay, and costs. Reducing exposure of PAMV patients to blood may represent an attractive target for efforts to improve quality and efficiency of health care delivery in this population.

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