The risks of red cell transfusion for hip fracture surgery in the elderly.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The benefits and indications for blood transfusion among surgical patients are controversial. There is evidence which suggests that blood transfusion is associated with poor clinical outcomes and risks of infection, but there are few data in the elderly population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected on haemoglobin concentrations and transfusions in 919 patients undergoing hip fracture repair at a university hospital over a 2-year period. 28-day and 180-day ...Expand abstract
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