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Trauma and Emergency Medicine

Outcomes (Clinical)

Anemia and perioperative red blood cell transfusion: a matter of tolerance.

Madjdpour C, Spahn DR, Weiskopf RB.

Source‎: Crit Care Med 2006;34(5 Suppl):S102-8.

Indexed‎: PubMed 16617252

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

Red blood cell transfusions worsen the outcomes even in critically ill patients undergoing a restrictive transfusion strategy.

Silva JM Jr, Rezende E, Amendola CP, Tomita R, Torres D, Ferrari MT, Toledo DO, Oliveira AM, Marques JA.

Source‎: Sao Paulo Med J 2012;130(2):77-83.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22481752

Allogenic blood transfusion in the first 24 hours after trauma is associated with increased systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and death.

Dunne JR, Malone DL, Tracy JK, Napolitano LM.

Source‎: Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2004;5(4):395-404.

Indexed‎: PubMed 15744131

The risk of death for Jehovah's Witnesses after major trauma.

Varela JE, Gomez-Marin O, Fleming LE, Cohn SM.

Source‎: J Trauma 2003;54(5):967-72.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12777911

Allogeneic blood transfusion increases the risk of postoperative bacterial infection: a meta-analysis.

Hill GE, Frawley WH, Griffith KE, Forestner JE, Minei JP.

Source‎: J Trauma 2003;54(5):908-14.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12777903

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

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