Blood volume analysis can distinguish true anemia from hemodilution in critically ill patients

Philbert Van, Gordon M. Riha, S. David Cho, Samantha J. Underwood, Gregory J. Hamilton, Ross Anderson, Lyle (Bruce) Ham, Martin Schreiber

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Background: Peripheral hematocrit (pHct) is traditionally used as a marker for blood loss. In critically ill patients who are fluid resuscitated, pHct may not adequately represent red blood cell volume (RBCV). We hypothesize that the use of pHct alone may overestimate anemia, potentially leading to unnecessary interventions. Methods: Patients admitted to the intensive care unit underwent blood volume analysis. Serial blood samples were collected after injection of I-albumin. Samples were then processed by the Blood Volume Analyzer-100. RBCV and total blood volume (TBV) were calculated using the directly measured plasma volume (PV) and pHct. A computed normalized hematocrit (nHct) adjusts pHct to the patient's ideal blood volume. Results: Thirty-six patients (21 men), aged 49.8 years ± 18.4 years, Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation II score 14.9 ± 8.1, and injury severity score 29.4 ± 12.4 had 84 blood volume analyses performed on 3 consecutive days. Using ratios of TBV compared with ideal TBV, patients were stratified into three separate groups: hypovolemic (16 of 84), normovolemic (23 of 84), and hypervolemic (45 of 84). Mean differences between pHct and nHct in each group were 4.5% ± 3.1% (p ≤ 0.01), 0.0% ± 1.2% (p = 0.85), and-6.5% ± 4.1% (p ≤ 0.01), respectively. pHct, when compared with nHct, diagnosed anemia (Hct

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-651
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Hemodilution
Blood Volume
Hematocrit
Critical Illness
Anemia
Cell Size
Erythrocytes
Hypovolemia
Injury Severity Score
APACHE
Plasma Volume
Intensive Care Units
Albumins

Keywords

  • Blood volume analysis
  • Hemodilution
  • Normalized hematocrit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Blood volume analysis can distinguish true anemia from hemodilution in critically ill patients. / Van, Philbert; Riha, Gordon M.; Cho, S. David; Underwood, Samantha J.; Hamilton, Gregory J.; Anderson, Ross; Ham, Lyle (Bruce); Schreiber, Martin.

In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care, Vol. 70, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 646-651.

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Van, Philbert ; Riha, Gordon M. ; Cho, S. David ; Underwood, Samantha J. ; Hamilton, Gregory J. ; Anderson, Ross ; Ham, Lyle (Bruce) ; Schreiber, Martin. / Blood volume analysis can distinguish true anemia from hemodilution in critically ill patients. In: Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care. 2011 ; Vol. 70, No. 3. pp. 646-651.
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