Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blood component transfusion increases the risk of death in children with traumatic brain injury

Acker, Shannon N. MD; Partrick, David A. MD; Ross, James T. BS; Nadlonek, Nicole A. MD; Bronsert, Michael PhD; Bensard, Denis D. MDJournal of Trauma and 

Acute Care Surgery:

Pediatric patients sustaining TBI who receive blood transfusion and do not require operative intervention have worse outcomes compared with patients who do not receive transfusion. This includes an increased risk of death. These data suggest that a transfusion trigger of hemoglobin level at 8.0 g/dL in injured children with TBI may be beneficial.

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