Shifts in transfusion protocols affect trauma patients' mortality rate

07/19/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Changing blood transfusion protocols may decrease the mortality rate of patients with traumatic injury, according to a study in JAMA Surgery. Researchers evaluated the outcomes of 174 trauma patients given a minimum 10 units of red blood cells in 24 hours or required activation of the institutional massive transfusion protocol. The mean 24-hour crystalloid infusion volume and number of the total blood product units given in the first 24 hours decreased significantly over the study period, from 2005 to 2011.

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