Reply to: Steinbok P (2019) Letter to the Editor Re: Escher PJ, Tu A, Kearney S, Wheelwright M, Petronio J, Kebriaei M, Chinnadurai S, Tibesar RJ (2019) Minimizing transfusion in sagittal craniosynostosis surgery: the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota Protocol. Childs Nerv Syst. 2019 Aug;35(8):1357–1362
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We wish to thank Dr. Steinbok for his thoughtful commentary and wholeheartedly agree that a contributor to the reduction in transfusion rate was a change in protocol from prophylactic transfusion of all patients to transfusion only when certain thresholds had been met. We agree completely that a key component to reducing the transfusion rate is making transfusion reduction a clearly communicated goal to all members of the surgery team. In this paper, we attempt to describe our experience with the entire Children’s Minnesota protocol for transfusion reduction, which include EPO, TXA, and establishing a clear threshold for transfusion. We would support other centres sharing their experiences with craniosynostosis surgery and the protocols they have established to reduce transfusion and improve outcomes. For future study, we do think it to be important to determine the utility of individual components of each protocol and we do look forward to sharing our results again in the future.
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