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A Canadian survey of transfusion practices in critically ill patients. Transfusion Requirements in Critical Care Investigators and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical Care Medicine
0090-3493
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
3
Pages
482–487
Identifiers
PMID: 9504576
Source
Medline

Abstract

There is significant variation in critical care transfusion practice, with many intensivists adhering to a 10.0-g/dL threshold, while other physicians described a much more restrictive approach to red cell transfusion. Also, many physicians opted to administer multiple units, despite published guidelines to the contrary. Additionally, the administration of red cells was strongly influenced by a number of clinical factors, many unique to intensive care unit patients. There is a need for prospective studies to define optimal practice in the critically ill.

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