To study patterns of use of Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) and Cryoprecipitate (CRYO) in a level 4 NICU and assess what proportions were not supported by literature.
single centered retrospective observational. Charts of neonates admitted between 1/1/2010 to 12/31/2017 to CT Children’s level 4 NICU were reviewed. Transfusions were assigned as “supported” or “non-supported” based on available evidence. Groups were compared using T-tests and chi-squared analyses.
of 4110 total admissions, 197 (4.8%) received a total of 461 transfusions (374 FFP, 87 CRYO). Only 59% of FFP and 60% CRYO were supported by literature. Within the “non-supported” group the largest category was neonates transfused prophylactically.
A large proportion of transfusions administered to neonates was not evidence-based, suggesting there are opportunities for improvement in use of these products.
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Sarkar, S., Brimacombe, M. & Herson, V. Fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate: Can we safely reduce their use in the NICU?. J Perinatol (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-022-01438-x