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Hematology (Oncology)

Tolerance of Anemia

Liberal or restrictive transfusion in high-risk patients after hip surgery.

Carson JL, Terrin ML, Noveck H, Sanders DW, Chaitman BR, Rhoads GG, Nemo G, Dragert K, Beaupre L, Hildebrand K, Macaulay W, Lewis C, Cook DR, Dobbin G, Zakriya KJ, Apple FS, Horney RA, Magaziner J; FOCUS Investigators.

Source‎: N Engl J Med 2011;365(26):2453-62.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22168590

DOI‎: 10.1056/NEJMoa1012452

A multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial of transfusion requirements in critical care.

Hébert PC, Wells G, Blajchman MA, Marshall J, Martin C, Pagliarello G, Tweeddale M, Schweitzer I, Yetisir E; Transfusion Requirements in Critical Care Investigators, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.

Source‎: N Engl J Med 1999;340(6):409-17.

Indexed‎: PubMed 9971864

Transfusion strategies for patients in pediatric intensive care units.

Lacroix J, Hébert PC, Hutchison JS, Hume HA, Tucci M, Ducruet T, Gauvin F, Collet JP, Toledano BJ, Robillard P, Joffe A, Biarent D, Meert K, Peters MJ; TRIPICU Investigators; Canadian Critical Care Trials Group; Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network.

Source‎: N Engl J Med 2007;356(16):1609-19.

Indexed‎: PubMed 17442904

Red blood cell transfusion in non-bleeding critically ill patients with moderate anemia: is there a benefit?

Leal-Noval SR, Muñoz-Gómez M, Jiménez-Sánchez M, Cayuela A, Leal-Romero M, Puppo-Moreno A, Enamorado J, Arellano-Orden V.

Source‎: Intensive Care Med 2013;39(3):445-53.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23184038

DOI‎: 10.1007/s00134-012-2757-z

Red blood cell transfusion is associated with increased rebleeding in patients with nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Restellini S, Kherad O, Jairath V, Martel M, Barkun AN.

Source‎: Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2013;37(3):316-22.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23205554

DOI‎: 10.1111/apt.12170

Anemia and blood transfusion in critically ill patients.

Vincent JL, Baron JF, Reinhart K, Gattinoni L, Thijs L, Webb A, Meier-Hellmann A, Nollet G, Peres-Bota D.

Source‎: JAMA 2002;288(12):1499-507.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12243637

The medical section of is designed as an informational resource primarily for use by clinicians and other health-care professionals. It provides neither medical advice nor treatment recommendations and does not substitute for an appropriately qualified health-care provider. The clinical literature cited is not published by Jehovah’s Witnesses, but it outlines transfusion-alternative strategies that might be considered. It is the responsibility of each qualified health-care provider to maintain awareness of new information, discuss options for care, and assist patients in making choices in accord with their medical condition, wishes, values, and beliefs. Not all listed strategies are appropriate or acceptable to all patients.

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