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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-71

Massive blood transfusion: A case report of transfusion of 70 units of blood and blood products in 24 hours

Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Kompal Jain
Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/GJTM.GJTM_6_18

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The mortality of massive blood transfusion is very high ranging from 34% - 40% . Only 60 % of patients receiving more than ten packed red blood cells units within the first 24 hours have survived. We share our experience with massive blood transfusion in which seventy units of blood and blood products were transfused in 24 hours following massive transfusion protocol. To conclude each institute should have massive transfusion protocol to improve the clinical outcome of the patient. Anaesthetist should be aware about local resources and should ensure early communication with laboratory, haematologist and blood bank. In view of cost, increased demand, urgency, availability and risk of infections, blood substitutes are of great concern specially in developing countries. This case study also emphasizes on future research to make blood substitute with more similarities and minimum complication to replace donated blood.

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