Pro-Con Debate: Prehospital Blood Transfusion-Should It Be Adopted for Civilian Trauma?

Roman Dudaryk, Catherine Heim, Kurt Ruetzler, Evan G. Pivalizza

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Abstract

Exsanguination is the leading cause of death in severely injured patients; nevertheless, prehospital blood transfusion (PHT) remains a controversial topic. Here, we review the pros and cons of PHT, which is now routine in treatment of military trauma patients in the civilian setting. While PHT may improve survival in those who suffer blunt injury or require prolonged transport from the site of injury, PHT for civilian trauma generally is not supported by high-quality evidence. This article was originally presented as a pro-con debate at the 2020 meeting of the European Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)678-682
Number of pages5
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume134
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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