Posts Tagged ‘transfusion’

No Effect of Transfusion Threshold on Sepsis Survival

Posted by • October 8th, 2014

Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (Macbeth Act V, Scene 1) Our fascination with blood dates back to the dawn of time.   Poets, writers and philosophers have waxed lyrical about it.  Blood as a life source, elixir and contagion  – it is an entity that has… Read More…

Transfusion for GI Bleeding

Posted by • January 4th, 2013

A new trial shows that among patients with upper GI bleeding, withholding transfusion until the hemoglobin level falls below 7 g per deciliter results in better outcomes than using 9 g per deciliter as the trigger for transfusion. Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding is a common emergency condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. It is a… Read More…

Transfusion Strategy in Upper GI Bleeding

Posted by • January 2nd, 2013

A 55-year old man presents to the Emergency Department, weak and dizzy following three episodes of dark, blood-streaked emesis. He’s a long-time drinker with hepatitis C and peptic ulcer disease. Knowing the danger of an upper gastrointestinal bleed, you quickly place two large-bore IV’s and begin volume resuscitation with fluids. Labs return with a hemoglobin level of… Read More…