Journal article

Borderline anaemia and postoperative outcome in women undergoing major abdominal surgery: a retrospective cohort study

LF Miles, T Larsen, MJ Bailey, KL Burbury, DA Story, R Bellomo

Anaesthesia | WILEY | Published : 2019


Pre-operative anaemia is typically diagnosed with a haemoglobin concentration < 120 g.l-1 for women and < 130 g.l-1 for men on the basis of limited evidence. This retrospective cohort study stratified women undergoing elective, major abdominal surgery based on pre-operative haemoglobin concentration: anaemic ( 130 g.l-1 ). Data from 1554 women were analysed. Women with borderline anaemia had a greater incidence of postoperative complications (55 (16%) vs. 110 (11%); p = 0.026), longer duration of hospital stay (median (IQR [range]) 3 (1-6 [0-69]) days vs. 2 (1-5 [0-80]) days; p = 0.017) and fewer days alive and out of hospital at postoperative day 30 (median (IQR [range]) 27 (23-29 [0-30]) v..

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Awarded by Vifor Pharma Pty Ltd (Opfikon, Switzerland)

Funding Acknowledgements

Y LM, DS and KB are chief investigators on the NATO Study (ANZCTR12618001997246) that has received partial financial support from Vifor Pharma Pty Ltd (Opfikon, Switzerland). This funding has been received as part of a matched arrangement with the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services. No external funding or other competing interests declared.