Anemia, highly prevalent (75-98%) in critically ill patients, is associated with increased health care resource use and may be associated with poor patient outcomes. Hemoglobin levels continue to drop during ICU stay. Critically ill patients develop anemia due to several reasons: bleeding prior or during Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stay, frequent phlebotomies, inflammatory status with altered erythropoiesis, hemodilution. The most common treatment of anemia in critically ill patients is blood transfusions.
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Last date updated on July, 2021