Mar
2009

Transfusion practices for acute traumatic brain injury: a survey of physicians at US trauma centers.

Sena MJ, Rivers RM, Muizelaar JP, Battistella FD, Utter GH
Intensive Care Med 2009;35(3):480-488.
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Review by : M. Piagnerelli
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This cross-sectional survey of transfusion preferences of physician leaders at all Level 1 trauma centers throughout the US suggests that neurosurgeons prefer more liberal transfusion than trauma surgeons and intensivists. Moreover, fewer neurosurgeons believe that transfusions have important immunomodulatory effects. This study justifies a randomized trial of liberal versus restrictive transfusion strategies in patients with trauma brain injury.

– Michael Piagnerelli