Anemia, which is prevalent in critically ill patients, often requires frequent blood transfusions. These blood transfusions are not without risks. A critical review of 6 studies shows an association between red blood cell transfusion and increased mortality. However, when disease state was adjusted for in 2 studies, researchers found that red blood cell transfusion correlated with decreased mortality. Thus further research, particularly on leukoreduction and age of stored blood, must be done before a change in practice can be implemented. It is vital that nurses stay current on this research in order to improve patients’ outcomes.
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Cover Article| February 01 2011
Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Critically Ill Patients
Tara Ann Collins, CRNP
Tara Ann Collins is a surgical critical care nurse practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
Corresponding author: Tara Collins, crnp, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Rhoads 5 SICU, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2011) 31 (1): 25–34.
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Tara Ann Collins; Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Critically Ill Patients. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 2011; 31 (1): 25–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2011200
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