The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec 29, 2011.
Transfusion Thresholds in FOCUS
Paul J. Barr, Ph.D., and Karen E.M. Bailie, M.D., Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2532-2533 December 29, 2011
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Even though red-cell transfusion is an accepted and widely used intervention, questions regarding which patients should receive transfusions and under what circumstances continue to spark debate. There has been limited evidence from clinical trials to inform policy. Meanwhile, concern about potential risks of blood transfusion and the costs of maintaining an adequate and safe blood supply1 have heightened interest in strategies to reduce the use of red-cell transfusion. These strategies include preoperative optimization of hemoglobin levels, the use of cell salvage during and after surgery, and pharmacologic interventions to reduce blood loss.
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