Hemorrhage and Transfusions in the Surgical Patient

  • Holly Whitt
  • Bryan A. Cotton


Hemorrhage remains the leading cause of intra-operative deaths and those in the first 24 h. Many cardiovascular and hepatobiliary procedures result in massive hemorrhage and postpartum hemorrhage events in labor and delivery place the patient at a high risk for mortality. Both upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding (e.g., diverticulosis, esophageal and gastric varices, and peptic ulcer disease) can also result in significant blood loss requiring massive transfusion and resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock. Therefore, safe, timely, and effective transfusion of blood products is critical. The aim of this chapter is to provide clinicians with a discussion of the current literature on the various blood component products, their indications, and unique hemostatic conditions in the surgical patient. While the majority of data concerning optimal management of acquired coagulopathy and hemorrhagic shock resuscitation is based on trauma patients, many of the principles can and should be applied to the surgical patient (or likely any patient) with profound hemorrhage.


Hemorrhage in the surgical patient Transfusions in the surgical patient Acute resuscitation Trauma in emergency surgery Massive transfusion Blood component products 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThe University of Texas Health Science CenterHoustonUSA

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