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Cleveland, Ohio 44195


The primary purpose of this study is to determine the best blood level to begin transfusing red blood cells in individuals undergoing cardiac surgery. The secondary aim is to determine the impact of red cell transfusion on health-related quality of life following surgery.

Study summary:

Consecutive consenting patients who meet the inclusion criteria will be randomized to one of 2 transfusion groups based on their HCT value. Hematocrit Groups: 1. 24% 2. 28% Red blood cell transfusion will be given only when hematocrit values fall below the assigned group value. When the hematocrit value falls to a value less than the value for the randomized group a 1 unit RBC transfusion will be administered. Following administration of the 1 unit transfusion a repeat HCT is performed; if the hematocrit value responds to transfusion and is greater than or equal to the randomized group no further transfusions will be administered. A measurement of the patient's HCT after each unit of RBC administered is required prior to administering additional units. If a patient's hematocrit is greater than the value for the group which they are randomized, no transfusion of RBC is necessary. Other management decisions are left up to the discretion of the care team. Adherence to the treatment protocol will be required for the patients in the operating room, intensive care unit and postoperatively until discharge from the hospital. Before surgery, the patient will be asked to respond to a quality-of-life questionnaire. Follow up phone calls will be made by Study personnel at 1 and 3 months after surgery to ask the same questions.


Inclusion Criteria: - All primary and reoperative adult cardiac surgical patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass for coronary artery bypass grafting, coronary artery bypass grafting with a valve procedure, isolated valve procedures and ascending aortic repair for aneurysm or dissection procedures. Exclusion Criteria: - Age less than 18 years - Congenital procedures - Emergencies - descending thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs - Left or right ventricular assist devices - Left ventricular aneurysm resections - Heart or lung transplantation - Those unable to receive blood for religious reasons



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Daniel I Sessler, MD
The Cleveland Clinic

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Cleveland, Ohio 44195
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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