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Transfusion protocol in trauma

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Author(s): Kaur Paramjit | Basu Sabita | Kaur Gagandeep | Kaur Ravneet

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 103;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Blood transfusion | massive transfusion | resuscitation | trauma

ABSTRACT
Blood and blood components are considered drugs because they are used in the treatment of diseases. As with any drug, adverse effects may occur, necessitating careful consideration of therapy. Like any other therapeutic decision, the need for transfusion should be considered on the basis of risks and benefits and alternative treatments available to avoid over- and under-transfusion. This review is focused on the blood transfusion protocol in trauma patients with hemorrhagic shock. Besides, issues related to emergency and massive transfusion have also been elaborated. We conducted a comprehensive MEDLINE search and reviewed the relevant literature, with particular reference to emergency medical care in trauma.
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