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Ratio-based Transfusion and Non-trauma Patients

Ratio-based Transfusion and Non-trauma Patients

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) urge caution in adopting ratio-based transfusion – a practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries – in non-trauma patients. Their study published in JAMA Surgery suggests this practice may not benefit patients without traumatic injury.

The researchers found that, among general surgery and medical service patients, those receiving high-ratio transfusions had a higher mortality rate than those receiving low-ratio transfusions, while the opposite was found among vascular surgery patients.

March 16, 2017

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