When is it recommended to transfuse the elderly?
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When is it recommended to transfuse the elderly? Evidence-Based Answer: In most patients, red cell transfusion can be withheld for hemoglobin levels of >7.0 g/dL (SOR: A, systematic review of RCTs). The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) recommends transfusion of ICU patients with hemoglobin concentrations of ≤7 g/dL, for postoperative surgical patients with ≤8 g/dL, and for patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease with ≤8 g/dL or if symptomatic (SOR: C, evidence-based practice guidelines).
Evidence Based Practice 17(9): E10