Orthopedic trauma is a major source of morbidity and mortality in the United States and other countries. Major orthopedic trauma often results in significant blood loss, which is the most common cause of shock in the trauma setting. Transfusion of allogeneic blood and blood products may be used to maintain blood pressure but may not be the most effective therapy for the acute anemia that results from trauma-induced hemorrhage. Because acute anemia can interfere with successful and timely rehabilitation of these patients, it is important to be aggressive in treating anemia. One approach is to administer Epoetin alfa to stimulate erythropoiesis. A pilot study is currently in progress to test the efficacy of this approach in major trauma patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 28 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine