Affordable Access

The use of erythropoietin in neonates.

Authors
  • Ohls, R K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinics in Perinatology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2000
Volume
27
Issue
3
Pages
681–696
Identifiers
PMID: 10986635
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although much information has been accumulated about the clinical use of Epo in preterm infants, many questions remain unanswered. The evolution of clinical practice in the care of extremely ill, preterm infants continues to affect the number of transfusions required during hospitalization. Decreasing phlebotomy losses and instituting standardized transfusion guidelines have both been shown significantly to decrease the transfusion requirements of preterm infants. The administration of Epo likely decreases transfusion need even further; however, the direct impact of each of these actions has not been studied prospectively. It is likely that the combination of instituting rigorous and standardized transfusion guidelines, decreasing phlebotomy losses, and the appropriate use of Epo will have the greatest impact in decreasing transfusion requirements in all preterm and term neonates, regardless of the cause of their anemia.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times