Blood Observational Study

The objective of this prospective observational study was to benchmark current blood transfusion practices (including red blood cell, fresh frozen plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate transfusions) in Australian and New Zealand intensive care patients. The project provided key data about the age of all blood products transfused, and the clinicians' triggers for all blood products transfused in acutely ill patients (including those at risk of coronary artery disease). Current international practice is unknown in these areas and has been highlighted recently as clinically relevant in many high profile medical journals. Recruitment was completed with a total of 879 patients enrolled. The preliminary results were presented at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group meeting in Sydney in October 2008.

The publications relating to this study include:

Westbrook A, Pettila V, Nichol A, Bailey MJ, Syres G, Murray L, et al. Transfusion practice and guidelines in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units. Intensive Care Med. 2010. Jul;36(7):1138-46. (DOI 10.1007/s00134-010-1867-8)