Restrictive transfusion strategy may benefit patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding


A video posted on highlights a study showing that a restrictive red blood cell transfusion strategy may lead to better outcomes than a liberal strategy for patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding. In the study, the restrictive strategy was characterized by a transfusion being administered only when a patient's hemoglobin level fell below 7 grams per deciliter. According to researchers, this strategy was associated with decreased mortality, a reduction in bleeding, shortened hospital stays and fewer adverse events overall.

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