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Acute lung injury after blood transfusion in mechanically ventilated patients.

Retrospective study aimed to identify risk factors for acute lung injury in mechanically ventilated patients. Storage time of RBCs seemed not to be a risk factor but the storage time of the transfused RBCs probably did not vary enough to reach significant difference. The most powerful predictor was thrombocytopenia, which was considered as a surrogate […]

Why do physicians request fresh frozen plasma?

The authors are right in proposing clinical trials demonstrating the therapeutic indication of FFP. At a time in which everybody asks for evidence-based medicine (often because of economic reasons), which is understood as therapy, etc., being based on randomized double blind or controlled studies showing significant advantages for the respective therapy, clinical experience and even […]