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Intraoperative transfusion of blood products in adults

Thomas J Graetz, MD
Gregory Nuttall, MD
Section Editors
Michael Avidan, MD
Steven Kleinman, MD
Deputy Editors
Nancy A Nussmeier, MD, FAHA
Jennifer S Tirnauer, MD


This topic will review general principles guiding intraoperative decisions to transfuse blood products, and the indications and risks for administration of specific components (eg, red blood cells, plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitate). Strategies employed to avoid or minimize perioperative transfusion are discussed separately. (See "Preoperative evaluation and perioperative strategies to minimize blood transfusion".)

Indications and risks for transfusion of blood products in other settings are addressed in separate topics:

Red blood cells (adults) (See "Indications and hemoglobin thresholds for red blood cell transfusion in the adult".)

Red blood cells (children) (See "Red blood cell transfusion in infants and children: Indications".)

Plasma (See "Clinical use of plasma components".)

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