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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: Transfusion and Treatment of severe anaemia in African children (TRACT): a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Aged 2 months to 12 years Malignancy or other terminal illness
Severe anaemia (Hb < 6 g/dl) on the day of admission to hospital Acute trauma or burns as main reason for admission
Care-giver willing/able to provide consent Surgery as main reason for admission
  Chronic renal or liver failure
  Signs of bi-ventricular heart failure
  Known congenital or valvular heart disease (non-surgically corrected)
  Children who are exclusively breast fed (thus unable to take nutritional support)