In hospitalized patients with coronary artery disease, what level of anemia should prompt transfusion?
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Among critically ill patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), a restrictive transfusion strategy (transfusion for hemoglobin [Hgb] concentrations <7 g/dL) compared with a liberal strategy (transfusion for Hgb concentrations <10 g/dL) yields similar mortality outcomes while reducing exposure to blood products. (SOR: B, based on heterogeneous RCTs and an observational prospective study.)
Evidence Based Practice 14(11): 07.