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Br J Anaesth. 2000 Sep;85(3):487-91.

Management of massive blood loss: a template guideline.

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  • 1National Blood Service Newcastle Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


The management of acute massive blood loss is considered and a template guideline is formulated, supported by a review of the key literature and current evidence. It is emphasized that, if avoidable deaths are to be prevented, surgeons, anaesthetists, haematologists and blood-bank staff need to communicate closely in order to achieve the goals of secure haemostasis, restoration of circulating volume, and effective management of blood component replacement.

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