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Should Old Red Cells be Transfused in Critically III Patients?

  • P. C. Hébert
  • I. Chin-Yee
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 2000)

Abstract

Despite a move towards decreasing transfusion thresholds and the development of strategies designed to avoid exposure to all blood products, allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusions remain an important supportive measure for critically ill patients and patients undergoing operative interventions with significant blood loss [1]. In a recent study examining transfusion practice in critically ill patients, we documented that 25% of all patients receive RBC transfusions [2]. Although the proportion of patients transfused may have decreased in the past few years, cardiac surgical procedures and critically ill patients continue to consume a large proportion of the blood supply.

Keywords

Acid Citrate Dextrose Storage Lesion Citrate Phosphate Dextrose Fresh RBCs Oxygen Supply Dependency 
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