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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Tolerance of Normovolemic Anemia

Restrictive blood transfusion practices are associated with improved patient outcomes.

Goodnough LT, Maggio P, Hadhazy E, Shieh L, Hernandez-Boussard T, Khari P, Shah N.

Source‎: Transfusion 2014;54(10 Pt 2):2753-9.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24995770

DOI‎: 10.1111/trf.12723

Management of blood transfusion in aortic valve surgery: impact of a blood conservation strategy.

Yaffee DW, Smith DE 3rd, Ursomanno PA, Hill FT, Galloway AC, Deanda A, Grossi EA.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2014;97(1):95-101.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24263014

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.09.057

Transfusion requirements after cardiac surgery: the TRACS randomized controlled trial.

Hajjar LA, Vincent JL, Galas FR, Nakamura RE, Silva CM, Santos MH, Fukushima J, Kalil Filho R, Sierra DB, Lopes NH, Mauad T, Roquim AC, Sundin MR, Leão WC, Almeida JP, Pomerantzeff PM, Dallan LO, Jatene FB, Stolf NA, Auler JO Jr.

Source‎: JAMA 2010;304(14):1559 67.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20940381

DOI‎: 10.1001/jama.2010.1446

Is a low transfusion threshold safe in critically ill patients with cardiovascular diseases?

Hébert PC, Yetisir E, Martin C, Blajchman MA, Wells G, Marshall J, Tweeddale M, Pagliarello G, Schweitzer I.

Source‎: Crit Care Med 2001;29(2):227-34.

Indexed‎: PubMed 11246298

Lowering the hemoglobin threshold for transfusion in coronary artery bypass procedures: effect on patient outcome.

Bracey AW, Radovancevic R, Riggs SA, Houston S, Cozart H, Vaughn WK, Radovancevic B, McAllister HA Jr, Cooley DA.

Source‎: Transfusion 1999;39(10):1070-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 10532600

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