January 23, 2020

Use of Blood Products in the ICU

Transfusion of blood product is common in the intensive care unit. Blood product transfusions can be associated with complications and are often given in situations without a clear cut indication. In this episode of Critical Matters, we will discuss current evidence and proper use of blood products in the ICU.

Our guest is Dr. Janice Zimmerman an adjunct Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine.

Additional Resources:
A multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial of transfusion requirements in critical care. Transfusion Requirements in Critical Care Investigators, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group: http://bit.ly/37myULa
Restrictive or Liberal Red-Cell Transfusion for Cardiac Surgery: http://bit.ly/2Go4NHn
Liberal versus restrictive transfusion thresholds for patients with symptomatic coronary artery disease: http://bit.ly/2umO6sK
Lower versus higher hemoglobin threshold for transfusion in septic shock: http://bit.ly/38xcoPx
Transfusion strategies for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding: http://bit.ly/37mzbOc
Clinical Practice Guidelines From the AABB: Red Blood Cell Transfusion Thresholds and Storage: http://bit.ly/38zoQyB

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
Exodus: A Novel of Israel by Leon Uris: https://amzn.to/2Rgeiyh
Texas: A Novel by James Michener: https://amzn.to/38qJfWn
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss: https://amzn.to/30FMPZY