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Red blood cell transfusions for preterm infants: the role of evidence-based medicine.
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PMID:  9190029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increasingly clinicians attempt to base decisions regarding patient management on the results of clinical studies in addition to expert opinion and their own practical experience. In this article, the author reviews the published studies available to assist clinicians to make evidence-based decisions in three topics related to small volume red blood cell (RBC) transfusions for preterm infants; namely, studies examining the effects of RBC transfusions on possible symptoms of anemia such as tachypnea, apnea or other cardiorespiratory irregularities, studies investigating the collection and transfusion of umbilical cord blood and finally studies addressing the duration of storage and use of additive solutions for RBCs for transfusion to neonates. Based on the review of these studies, guidelines for small volume RBC transfusions in preterm infants are suggested.
H Hume
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in perinatology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0146-0005     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Perinatol.     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-06     Completed Date:  1997-08-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801132     Medline TA:  Semin Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Transfusion, Autologous
Blood Transfusion, Intrauterine
Erythrocyte Transfusion*
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / therapy*
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Practice Guidelines as Topic

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