Anemia and red blood cell transfusion

Jeffrey L. Carson, Paul Hébert

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Red blood cell transfusion is commonly administered in hospitalized patients. Important clinical trials have been published in recent years that provide new evidence to guide transfusion decisions. Most of the trials suggest that a restrictive transfusion strategy of 7 to 8 g/dL is as safe as a liberal transfusion strategy of 9 to 10 g/dL. Guidelines recommend use of restrictive transfusion strategy in most patients. Further research is needed to evaluate the optimal transfusion threshold in patients with acute coronary syndrome, neurological disorders, acute and chronic hematological disorders and others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRossi’s Principles of Transfusion Medicine
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119013020
ISBN (Print)9781119012993
StatePublished - Apr 15 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Anemia
  • Guidelines
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Red blood cell transfusion


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