Conservative transfusion strategy best for upper GI bleeds

01/3/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding have better survival under a restrictive transfusion approach rather than a more liberal strategy, according to a Spanish study. Researchers said transfusions are necessary for patients at risk of death from severe GI bleeding, but most cases are not at that level. Dr. Loren Laine of Yale University wrote in an accompanying piece that the study provided "important evidence to guide clinical practice."

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