Author(s): Hayden SJ, Albert TJ, Watkins TR, Swenson ER
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Abstract Anemia is common in the intensive care unit, and may be associated with adverse consequences. However, current options for correcting anemia are not without problems and presently lack convincing efficacy for improving survival in critically ill patients. In this article we review normal red blood cell physiology; etiologies of anemia in the intensive care unit; its association with adverse outcomes; and the risks, benefits, and efficacy of various management strategies, including blood transfusion, erythropoietin, blood substitutes, iron therapy, and minimization of diagnostic phlebotomy.
This article was published in Am J Respir Crit Care Med
and referenced in Journal of Perioperative & Critical Intensive Care Nursing