A hypothesis by Wan et al
1suggests that critically ill patients in the surgical intensive care unit might benefit from being transfused to a normal hematocrit. They attempt to justify their opinion by citing references to the beneficial effects of blood doping in the sports medicine literature. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if patients behaved like world class athletes? However, they do not.
- Wan J.J.
- Mortensen E.
- Knudson M.M.
- Harken A.H.
Blood doping in the surgical intensive care unit.
Surgery. 2006; 140: 6-8
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