Transfusion Reactions

You receive a call from the PACU about a 55 yo patient s/p Whipple procedure.  He received the normal anesthetic agents intraoperatively (all of which he has received previously) as well as 4 units of PRBC.  Now he is febrile and complains of chills and nausea. 

(note, all residents should have access to Anesthesiology articles online if they receive the journal.  Many other journals are available with a USF account through MD Consult...just access it from the departmental home page)
  1. Very nice, 43 page review of transfusion reactions.  Hopefully Americans react as Canadians do! Kleinman S, Chan P, Robillard P.  Risks associated with transfusion of cellular blood components in Canada.  Transfus Med Rev. 2003 Apr;17(2):120-62. (pdf file)

Last updated 6/12/03 by Roy G. Soto, M.D.
© 2003, Roy G. Soto, M.D., and the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology