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Keywords:

  • anaemia;
  • blood transfusion;
  • immunomodulation;
  • intensive care;
  • morbidity

Abstract

Vigorous blood transfusion has long been regarded as having an essential role in the management of acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Two new studies, one a nationwide audit of acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage in the UK and another, a complex physiological study of stored blood from the USA, offer new insights.