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Table 3 Daily use of crystalloids, colloids and blood products depending on RBC transfusion on consecutive days of septic shock

From: Red blood cell transfusion in septic shock - clinical characteristics and outcome of unselected patients in a prospective, multicentre cohort

Day 1 RBC No RBC P value
Number of patients (%) 34 (16) 179 (84) -
RBCs (ml) 490 (300-735) - -
Crystalloids and colloids (ml) 3000 (1800-4600), n = 31 3000 (1600-5000), n = 165 0.62
Platelets (ml) 350 (300-370), n = 7 350 (350-1050), n = 11 0.009
Fresh frozen plasma (ml) 550 (540-1080), n = 13 545 (531-600), n = 24 0.0004
Day 2    
Number of patients (%) 32 (17) 156 (83) -
RBCs (ml) 490 (245-490) - -
Crystalloids and colloids (ml) 2000 (1250-3000), n = 29 1650 (1000-3000), n = 129 0.22
Platelets (ml) 550 (420-980), n = 4 700 (350-1050), n = 13 0.49
Fresh frozen plasma (ml) 1050 (540-1200), n = 5 600 (540-1067), n = 16 0.37
Day 3    
Number of patients (%) 31 (24) 98 (76) -
RBCs (ml) 245 (245-490) - -
Crystalloids and colloids (ml) 1325 (800-2400), n = 22 1400 (900-2000), n = 71 0.91
Platelets (ml) 350 (350-1050), n = 8 350 (350-1050), n = 5 0.001
Fresh frozen plasma (ml) 540 (408-680), n = 8 540 (540-813), n = 11 0.06
Day 4    
Number of patients (%) 17 (17) 82 (83) -
RBCs (ml) 245 (245-245) - -
Crystalloids and colloids (ml) 1500 (1000-2000), n = 9 1000 (500-1300), n = 41 0.40
Platelets (ml) 700 (525-1050), n = 4 350 (300-700), n = 10 0.18
Fresh frozen plasma (ml) 405 (270-540), n = 2 560 (540-600), n = 10 0.88
Day 5    
Number of patients (%) 18 (24) 58 (76) -
RBCs (ml) 245 (245-490) - -
Crystalloids and colloids (ml) 500 (200-1100), n = 14 1000 (900-2000), n = 37 0.45
Platelets (ml) 350 (350-700), n = 5 1050, n = 1 0.0009*
Fresh frozen plasma (ml) n = 0 537 (524-550), n = 2 0.44
  1. Values are as medians (interquartile ranges) of those patients with registered data; n is given in the cells, if not all patients had the value registered.
  2. *Significantly more platelets were given in the RBC group as 5 patients received platelets vs. only 1 in the No RBC group.
  3. RBCs, red blood cells.