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Blood Transfusion in the Caribbean: A Case Study of Trinidad and Tobago

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.174
Pages: 
478–85
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This article uses the case of Trinidad and Tobago to examine the history and current state of blood transfusion services in the Caribbean and to present early results of an initiative for improving blood safety and adequacy in the region.

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Accepted: 
02 Jul, 2017
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e-Published: 04 Aug, 2017

Blood Use in Neurosurgical Cases at the University Hospital of the West Indies

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.233
Pages: 
54–8
Synopsis: 
The neurosurgical population had a low transfusion rate. Higher American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status, low preoperative haemoglobin, a resident lead surgeon, and blood loss were significant predictors of perioperative transfusions. The Cross-match to Transfusion Ratio was high, suggesting that blood products can be better allocated.

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Objective: Many neurosurgical cases are done without the need for blood transfusion, yet blood is unnecessarily cross-matched, resulting in wasted resources.  This study was undertaken to document and compare the number of units of blood components requested, cross-matched and transfused in neurosurgical cases at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). 

Revised: 
20 Jan, 2014
Accepted: 
22 Jan, 2014
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e-Published: 14 Mar, 2014

Effects of Tranexamic Acid on Death, Vascular Occlusive Events, and Blood Transfusion in Trauma Patients with Significant Haemorrhage (CRASH-2): A Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial

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Pages: 
612–24
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Tranexamic acid safely reduced the risk of death in bleeding trauma patients in this study. On the basis of these results, tranexamic acid should be considered for use in bleeding trauma patients.

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Background: Tranexamic acid can reduce bleeding in patients undergoing elective surgery. We assessed the effects of early administration of a short course of tranexamic acid on death, vascular occlusive events, and the receipt of blood transfusion in trauma patients.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013
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