Age of red blood cells and mortality in the critically ill

Ville Yrjo Olavi Pettila, Andrew Westbrook, Alistair Nichol, Michael Bailey, Erica M Wood, Gillian Syres, Louise Phillips, Alison Street, Craig French, Lynnette Murray, Neil Orford, John Santamaria, Rinaldo Bellomo, David Cooper

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In critically ill patients, it is uncertain whether exposure to older red blood cells (RBCs) may contribute to mortality. We therefore aimed to evaluate the association between the age of RBCs and outcome in a large unselected cohort of critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand. We hypothesized that exposure to even a single unit of older RBCs may be associated with an increased risk of death.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Care
Issue number2 (Art. No: R116)
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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