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Bioethics and Law (General)

Non-Maleficence and Transfusion Risks

Health care-associated infection after red blood cell transfusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Rohde JM, Dimcheff DE, Blumberg N, Saint S, Langa KM, Kuhn L, Hickner A, Rogers MA.

Source‎: JAMA 2014;311(13):1317-26.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24691607

DOI‎: 10.1001/jama.2014.2726

Transfusion of 1 and 2 units of red blood cells is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

Paone G, Likosky DS, Brewer R, Theurer PF, Bell GF, Cogan CM, Prager RL; Membership of the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2014;97(1):87-94.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24094521

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.07.020

Association of blood transfusion with increased mortality in myocardial infarction: a meta-analysis and diversity-adjusted study sequential analysis.

Chatterjee S, Wetterslev J, Sharma A, Lichstein E, Mukherjee D.

Source‎: JAMA Intern Med 2013;173(2):132-9.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23266500

DOI‎: 10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.1001

Emerging infectious disease agents and their potential threat to transfusion safety.

Stramer SL, Hollinger FB, Katz LM, Kleinman S, Metzel PS, Gregory KR, Dodd RY.

Source‎: Transfusion 2009;49 Suppl 2:1S-29S.

Indexed‎: PubMed 19686562

DOI‎: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2009.02279.x

Efficacy of red blood cell transfusion in the critically ill: a systematic review of the literature.

Marik PE, Corwin HL.

Source‎: Crit Care Med 2008;36(9):2667-74.

Indexed‎: PubMed 18679112

DOI‎: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181844677

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