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Table 3 Clinical characteristics and inpatient outcome of severe anemia patients according to adherence to Hb threshold for transfusion at Lira and Jinja Hospitals

From: High rate of inappropriate blood transfusions in the management of children with severe anemia in Ugandan hospitals

  Transfused per Hb criteria (Hb 6.0 g/dl)
N = 245
Not transfused per Hb criteria (Hb > 6.0 g/dl)
N = 90
Transfused presumptively (Hb not done)
N = 216
Age, median (IQRa) 2.5 (1.3, 3.7) 2.0 (1.0, 3.0) 2.0 (1.1, 3.5)
Sex 145 (59.2%) 54 (60.0%) 120 (55.7%)
Median Hb (IQR) 4.2 (3.4, 5.0) 7.5 (6.5, 8.4)
Co-morbid diagnosesb
 Malaria 230 (93.9%) 74 (82.2%) 204 (94.4%)
  Malaria positive 165 (67.3%) 49 (54.4%) 124 (57.4%)
 Sepsis 106 (43.3%) 39 (43.3%) 53 (24.5%)
 Pneumonia 35 (14.3%) 16 (17.8%) 31 (14.2%)
Outcome
 Died 7 (2.9%) 7 (7.8%) 15 (6.9%)
  1. aIQR Inter Quartile Range
  2. bDiagnoses as listed on the charts the by the clinician and not necessarily confirmed by laboratory testing
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