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 who were given a minimum 10 units of red blood cells in 24 hours or needed activation of the institutional massive transfusion protocol. Total blood product units given in the first 24 hours decreased significantly over the study period, from 2005 to 2011.

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