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Perioperative Care

Transfusion Risks and Uncertainties

Blood transfusion and cancer surgery outcomes: a continued reason for concern.

Al-Refaie WB, Parsons HM, Markin A, Abrams J, Habermann EB.

Source‎: Surgery 2012;152(3):344-54.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22938895

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.surg.2012.06.008

Surgical outcomes and transfusion of minimal amounts of blood in the operating room.

Ferraris VA, Davenport DL, Saha SP, Austin PC, Zwischenberger JB.

Source‎: Arch Surg 2012;147(1):49-55.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22250113

DOI‎: 10.1001/archsurg.2011.790

Adverse blood transfusion outcomes: establishing causation.

Isbister JP, Shander A, Spahn DR, Erhard J, Farmer SL, Hofmann A.

Source‎: Transfus Med Rev 2011;25(2):89-101.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21345639

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.tmrv.2010.11.001

Morbidity and mortality risk associated with red blood cell and blood-component transfusion in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting.

Koch CG, Li L, Duncan AI, Mihaljevic T, Cosgrove DM, Loop FD, Starr NJ, Blackstone EH.

Source‎: Crit Care Med 2006;34(6):1608-16.

Indexed‎: PubMed 16607235

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

Survival rate changes with transfusion of blood products during liver transplantation.

Massicotte L, Sassine MP, Lenis S, Seal RF, Roy A.

Source‎: Can J Anaesth 2005;52(2):148-55.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15684254

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

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