Journal article

Systematic review of the use of fibrin sealant to minimize perioperative allogeneic blood transfusion

PA Carless, DM Anthony, DA Henry

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SURGERY | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Fibrin sealants have become popular in improving perioperative haemostasis and reducing the need for allogeneic red cell transfusion. METHODS: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials was conducted to examine the efficacy of fibrin sealants in reducing perioperative blood loss and allogeneic red blood cell transfusion. Studies were identified by computer searches of Medline, Embase, Current Contents, the Cochrane Library, manufacturer websites (to January 2001), and bibliographic searches of published articles. Trials were eligible for inclusion if they involved adult elective surgery and reported quantitative data on blood loss, the proportion of patients exposed to a..

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