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Transfusion practice varies widely in cardiac surgery: Results from a national registry

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Zoe K. McQuilten, Nick Andrianopoulos, Erica M. Wood, Merrole F. Cole-Sinclair, John J. McNeil, Peter A. Cameron, Christopher M. Reid, Andrew E. Newcomb, Julian A. Smith, Louise E. Phillips

The authors reviewed transfusion practices after cardiac surgery in Australia and New Zealand using a database of nearly 43,000 patients.  Transfusion rates for >=1 unit varied 3-fold (22% to 67%), for >=5 units varied 5-fold, >=1 platelet pack varied 3-fold, >=1 FFP varied 4 fold, and >=1 cryoprecipitate varied 20-fold.  The differences were not explained by patient, surgical, or hospital characteristics.

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