Massive transfusion

K. Boffard

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Massive transfusion

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Treatment of anaemia has changed substantially since the early 1990s

Although massive transfusion may be necessary, trauma surgeons have modified their practice to provide aggressive control of haemorrhage, prevent hypothermia and acidosis, optimize haemodynamic management in intensive care units, and rationalize transfusion support in severely injured patients. The result has been an improvement in the outcomes of these patients

Given the importance of early intervention in the care of the injured, understanding the physiology and true indications for early massive transfusion in trauma care has the potential to save many lives.

Chapter.  1602 words. 

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Haematology ; Critical Care

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