Preventing blood transfusion reactions in critically ill dogs

Blood transfusions save lives but are not without risk. Dr. Shauna Blois will test the effectiveness and safety of a blood filtration technique aimed at preventing transfusion reactions that occur in up to 13% of dogs receiving blood products. Leukoreduction (LR) removes white blood cells and some of their by-products from blood products using a special filtration set. Patients receiving LR blood transfusions may have fewer transfusion reactions including less inflamma­tion, possibly leading to improved outcomes. This clinical trial will compare the inflammatory response of patients receiving LR to non-LR pa­tients and monitor outcomes in critically ill dogs.

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