Jan
2010

Clinical review: Fresh frozen plasma in massive bleedings – more questions than answers.

Nascimento B, Callum J, Rubenfeld G, Neto JB, Lin Y, Rizoli S
Crit Care 2010;14(1):202.
NATA Rating :
Review by : J.-F. Hardy
NATA Review

This well-written review discusses the pros and cons of a formula-driven transfusion protocol whereby RBCs, FFP and platelets are administered in a 1:1:1 ratio. While a formula-driven transfusion protocol may be relevant in the context of military trauma, its benefits in the context of civilian trauma/surgery remain speculative. Use of a formula-driven protocol is particularly inappropriate in non-massively bleeding surgical or trauma patients. It should be remembered that, at present, there are no data from randomized controlled trials to support or to condemn the use of a formula-driven transfusion protocol in any context, whether military or civilian.

– Jean-Franois Hardy