Adverse Events Associated with Autologous and Allogenic Blood Transfusion
Teodoro Iturbe, M.D.; Rosa Cornudella, M.D.; Alejandro Serrablo, M.D.; Martín Gutiérrez, M.D.; Melanie S. Kennedy, M.D.; Richard O'Shaughnessy, M.D.; Ray C. Wasielewski, M.D.; Abdul Waheed, M.S., M.T.; Martha Hewitt, M.T.; David Krugh, M.T.

To The Editor:

We greatly appreciated the article "Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn Caused by Transfusion of a Husband's Directed Blood Donation. A Case Report" (81-A: 1170-1172, Aug. 1999), by Kennedy et al. We agree with the authors, and we wish to focus the attention of readers on the controversy related to the indication for blood transfusion in the case reported. We also wish to comment on some of the risks of hemotherapy.

Recently, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group suggested that the use of a threshold for red-cell transfusion of as low as seventy grams …


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