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March 26, 2003

Erythropoietin and Transfusions Among Critically Ill Patients

JAMA. 2003;289(12):1511-1512. doi:10.1001/jama.289.12.1511-a

In Reply: We disagree with Drs Bagshaw and Ghali that our study contradicts the results of Hebert et al,1 who reported worse clinical outcomes associated with a "liberal" transfusion strategy. Our study was not designed to address that question. While the transfusion practice in our study was consistent with standard practice, it differed from both the liberal and the restrictive transfusion group in the study of Hebert et al.