Journal article

Blood usage in an Australian intensive care unit: have we met best practice goals?

D Farrar, MS Robertson, CJ Hogan, S Roy, CA Boyce, BD Howe, JJ Presneill, JF Cade

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | Published : 2004


The transfusion of blood products, especially red cell concentrates, in critically ill patients is controversial and benefits of red cell concentrate transfusion in these patients have not been clearly demonstrated. We performed a prospective observational study to compare best evidence to actual practice of red cell concentrate and other blood product administration in an intensive care unit (ICU) in a university-associated tertiary hospital. All primary admissions during a 28-day period were included in the study and data collected included transfusion of red cells and blood products, patient demographics and ICU and hospital outcome. One hundred and seventy-five admissions were studied; 4..

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