Longer blood storage is associated with suboptimal outcomes in high-risk pediatric cardiac surgery

Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 05/04/2012

The freshest RBC units available should be used for pediatric cardiac operations expected to require more than 4 units or more than 150 mL/kg of allogeneic RBC transfusions, with no units more than 14 days old being transfused whenever possible.

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