Intravenous treatment with iron in bloodless medicine

Authors: J. Slipac
Authors‘ workplace: Česká společnost bezkrevní medicíny
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2009; 148: 497-501
Category: Special Articles


Iron and iron plus a recombinant erythropoietin in bloodless medicine often offer a viable and safe alternative to the blood transfusion. But IV iron is often underutilised. This particularly applies to pre-operative anaemia which is present in 20% of patients admitted for surgery where iron deficiency is the major contributor. Treatment with IV iron, with or without recombinant erythropoietin, reduces the need for peri-operative transfusion.

Key words:
bloodless medicine, anaemia, iron, erythropoietin.


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