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Critical Care Nursing Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000278927.44691.8c
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Bloodless Cardiac Surgery: Not Just Possible, But Preferable

Putney, Leeann J. MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC

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Abstract

Blood transfusions after cardiac surgery are very common, and the rates are highly variable among institutions. Transfusion carries the risk of infectious and noninfectious hazards and is often clinically unnecessary. This article discusses the history of bloodless cardiac surgery, the hazards of transfusion, the benefits of reducing or eliminating transfusion, and strategies to conserve blood. It also provides a list of resources for those who are interested in learning more about bloodless care.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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