Perioperative anemia: An independent risk factor for infection, mortality, and resource utilization in surgery.
The article confirms the data of Carson et al, Lancet 1988, that perioperative anemia is a significant risk factor. However, the belief that transfusion may constitute an independent risk factor cannot be accepted. Patients with coronary artery disease had a significantly higher incidence of preoperative anemia (74 vs. 33%). Operation time and blood supply were […]