The AABB has issued updated guidelines on transfusion thresholds, which include a Hb<7 for most ICU patients, and a Hb<8 for most post-surgical patients, with higher thresholds for those with symptoms (such as chest pain or decompensated CHF). The full guidelines are available at (guidelines)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.