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Anaesthesia. 2016 Jul;71(7):829-42. doi: 10.1111/anae.13489. Epub 2016 Apr 8.

AAGBI guidelines: the use of blood components and their alternatives 2016.

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1
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK.
2
Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
3
Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK.
4
Centre for Trauma Sciences, Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.
5
Department of Anaesthesia, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK.
6
Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK.
7
Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospital Southampton, UK.
8
The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK.
9
Department of Anaesthesia, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK.
10
Department of Anaesthesia, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK.
11
Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College Hospital, London, UK.
12
Department of Anaesthesia, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK.
13
Department of Haematology, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, UK.
14
Department of Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK.

Abstract

Blood transfusion can be life-saving. Anaesthetists regularly request and administer blood components to their patients. All anaesthetists must be familiar with indications and appropriate use of blood and blood components and their alternatives, but close liaison with haematology specialists and their local blood sciences laboratory is encouraged. Considerable changes in approaches to optimal use of blood components, together with the use of alternative products, have become apparent over the past decade, leading to a need to update previous guidelines and adapt them for the use of anaesthetists working throughout the hospital system.

KEYWORDS:

FFP indications; anaemia and coagulation; blood crossmatch; major haemorrhage; transfusion

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PMID:
27062274
DOI:
10.1111/anae.13489
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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