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Is Hemoglobin Good for Cerebral Oxygenation and Clinical Outcome in Acute Brain Injury?

Is Hemoglobin Good for Cerebral Oxygenation and Clinical Outcome in Acute Brain Injury?

Hemoglobin is important for cerebral oxygenation and strategies to minimize anemia should be undertaken. Although higher hemoglobin levels are associated with less cerebral ischemia and better clinical outcome, whether this remains true whenever red blood cell transfusion is used to achieve this result remains unclear. Hemoglobin is a key component in oxygen delivery, and thus cerebral oxygenation. Higher hemoglobin levels and red blood cell transfusion are associated with higher cerebral oxygen delivery and decreased cerebral ischemic burden.

CriticalCare.news
December 4, 2018