The safety and efficacy of red cell transfusions in neonates: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Premature neonates commonly receive red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. This study systematically identified and appraised randomized controlled trials (RCTs) where the intervention was 'transfusion of red blood cells' from searches of multiple databases. Primary review outcomes were mortality, neurodevelopmental and respiratory endpoints. Two reviewers extracted data and assigned overall quality. Twenty-seven RCTs were identified and grouped into four predefined categories: trials comparing R...Expand abstract
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