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Table 3 Transfusion protocol (in support of [24])

From: Comparison of 6 % hydroxyethyl starch and 5 % albumin for volume replacement therapy in patients undergoing cystectomy (CHART): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Red blood cells
Hb (g/dl) Risk factors Transfusion Evidence level
<6 g/dl Yes 1c+
>6–8 g/dl Adequate compensation, no risk factors No 1c+
  Limited compensation or risk factors (cardiac diseases, cerebrovascular insufficiency) Yes 1c+
  Signs of anemic hypoxia (tachycardia, hypotension, lactic acidosis, ECG change) Yes 1c+
8–10 g/dl Signs of anemic hypoxia (tachycardia, hypotension, lactic acidosis, ECG change) Yes 2c
>10 g/dl No 1a
  1. ADL activities of daily living, AE adverse event, ECG electrocardiographic, Hb hemoglobin, IADL instrumental activities of daily living, SAE serious adverse event