Red Blood Cell Transfusion in the Pediatric ICU

  • J. Lacroix
  • M. Tucci
  • F. Gauvin


The decision process leading to red blood cell (RBC) transfusion should be based as much as possible on available evidence. Risks and benefits of transfusion as well as the risks attributable to anemia must be taken into account. In this chapter, we will discuss what prompts pediatric intensivists to prescribe a RBC transfusion, what should guide this decision, and what is missing to really make a decision based on an evidence-based approach.


Hemoglobin Concentration Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Hemorrhagic Shock Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome Cyanotic Heart Disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Lacroix
    • 1
  • M. Tucci
    • 1
  • F. Gauvin
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Critical Care MedicineSainte-Justine HospitalMontrealCanada

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