Hypovolemic phlebotomy in liver surgery is associated with decreased red blood cell transfusion.

Affiliation

Liver and Pancreas Unit, Department of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Perioperative red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is associated with poor outcomes in liver surgery. Hypovolemic phlebotomy (HP) is a novel intervention hypothesized to decrease transfusion requirements. The objective of this study was to examine this hypothesis.

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