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Comparison of Surgical Approaches in Neurosurgical Patients Experiencing Venous Air Embolism in the Sitting Position

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.133
Pages: 
388

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Accepted: 
13 Aug, 2013
Journal Sections: 
e-Published: 06 May, 2014

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.

ABSTRACT

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
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