Fibrin sealant use for minimising peri-operative allogeneic blood transfusion.
PA Carless, DA Henry, DM Anthony
Cochrane Database Syst Rev | Published : 2003
BACKGROUND: Fibrin sealants have gained increasing popularity as interventions to improve peri-operative (intra/post-operative) haemostasis and diminish the need for allogeneic red cell transfusion (blood from an unrelated donor). OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of fibrin sealants in reducing peri-operative blood loss and allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. SEARCH STRATEGY: Studies were identified by: searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Current Contents, the Cochrane Library (July 2002), manufacturer web sites (to July 2002), and bibliographies of published articles. SELECTION CRITERIA: Controlled trials in which adult patients, scheduled for elective surgery, were randomised to fibrin..View full abstract