Symposium: Blood Transfusions and SolutionsPerioperative Blood Transfusion Therapy in Pediatric PatientsHume, Heather A. *; Limoges, Pierre2Author Information 1Executive Medical Director, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 2Ste. Justine Hospital, Montréal, Québec, Canada. *Address correspondence to: Dr. Heather Hume, Executive Medical Director, Canadian Blood Services, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 4J5 Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org American Journal of Therapeutics: September-October 2002 - Volume 9 - Issue 5 - p 396-405 Buy Abstract In general, transfusion guidelines for non-neonatal pediatric patients are similar to those for adults. However, some differences do exist and certain precautions may be necessary particularly in the setting of massive transfusions. We review these differences as they apply to general pediatric surgery outside of the neonatal period, with respect to the transfusion of red blood cells (RBCs), platelets, fresh-frozen plasma (FFP), and cryoprecipitate. We include a discussion of the indications for transfusion and practical considerations such as dosing and administration. Finally, we briefly review the use of directed donations and specialized (irradiated, CMV seronegative) blood components. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.