In this large retrospective analysis of an ICU, the amount of blood transfused significantly decreased from 1997 to 2007. The percent of patients transfused decreased from 31% to 18%, the mean hemoglobin level before transfusion decreased from 7.9 to 7.3, and the mean number of transfusions decreased from 4.3 to 3.0. ICU transfusion practices have become more restrictive in accordance with clinical guideline recommendations (abstract)
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.