Purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of minor perioperative bleeding requiring transfusion of 1-2 red blood cell (RBC) units on the outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
Minor perioperative bleeding and subsequent transfusion of 1-2 RBC units did not affect the risk of early death, but increased the risk of other major adverse events. Minimizing perioperative bleeding and prevention of even low-volume RBC transfusion may improve the outcome after CABG.
- Kinnunen EM, Zanobini M, Onorati F, Brascia D, Mariscalco G, Franzese I, Ruggieri VG, Bounader K, Perrotti A, Musumeci F, Santarpino G, Maselli D, Nardella S, Gulbins H, Gherli R, Rubino AS, Mignosa C, De Feo M, Gatti G, Santini F, Salsano A, Dalén M, Saccocci M, Reichart D, Faggian G, Gherli T, Nicolini F, Biancari F. The impact of minor blood transfusion on the outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting. J Crit Care 2017 Apr 19;40:207-212. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.04.025. [Epub ahead of print] Go to PubMed