Use of Blood Products

  • Jill M. Cholette
  • Norma B. Lerner


Patients in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) frequently receive transfusions of blood products. While these therapies are often beneficial, they can be associated with significant, yet often overlooked, risks. Clinical guidelines for blood product transfusions must be well defined in order to prevent misuse of this limited resource. It is important for the intensivist to have a thorough understanding of the indications for specific blood products, and the transfusion needs of particular patient populations.


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Fresh Freeze Plasma Platelet Transfusion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Golisano Children’s HospitalRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Hematology, Department of PediatricsDrexel University College of Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for ChildrenPhiladelphiaUSA

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