Journal article

Appropriateness of red blood cell transfusion in Australasian intensive care practice

CJ French, R Bellomo, SR Finfer, J Lipman, M Chapman, NW Boyce

The Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence and appropriateness of use of allogenic packed red blood cell (RBC) transfusion in Australian and New Zealand intensive care practice. SETTING: Intensive care units of 18 Australian and New Zealand hospitals: March 2001. DESIGN: Prospective, observational, multicentre study. METHODS: All admissions to participating intensive care units were screened and all patients who received a transfusion of RBC were enrolled. The indications for transfusion were recorded and compared with Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines. Transfusions conforming to these guidelines were deemed appropriate. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: RBC transfusion in i..

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