Posts Tagged ‘hemoglobin level’

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…