Which factors have contributed to increased survival rates following massive transfusion?

Updated: Apr 16, 2019
  • Author: Linda L Maerz, MD, FACS, FCCM; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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When initially introduced as a treatment modality in the 1960s, massive transfusion resulted in poor survival rates (6.6%) through the 1970s. However, survival rates up to 60% are now observed, as a result of early recognition and aggressive correction of coagulopathy, liberal use of rewarming techniques, institution of damage control operative management, and increased use of component transfusion therapy. [22, 23, 24]


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