Guidelines call for restrictive approach to blood transfusions

03/26/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

Transfusions of red blood cells should be given on a restrictive basis to stable patients, according to new guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The guidelines from the American Association of Blood Banks include a "weak" recommendation that symptoms be considered along with hemoglobin levels in making transfusion decisions in hospitalized patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

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