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massive tranfusion

W Hagmann, J Vögtlin, U F Gruber
Recently "micropore" blood transfusion sets have been advocated to replace the traditional transfusion sets. Because of the higher cost it is important to review critically the data which would justify their clinical use. The filters eliminate microaggregates as they occur during blood storage. The question is wether micropore filters are able to reduce the incidence of posttraumatic or postoperative respiratory insufficiency. We have analysed all controlled in vivo studies. We found only one clinical study where in massively transfused polytrauma patients a decrease in the number of cases of respiratory insufficiency was documented...
January 1977: Der Anaesthesist
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