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Equations of Bourke and Smith for Estimating Allowable Hemodilution

Purpose:

To estimate the allowable blood loss for a patient having colloid volume replacement using the equations of Bourke and Smith.

Specialty:

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage, complications, selection

ICD-10:

D62, Z51.3

Description:

Bourke and Smith developed 2 equations to estimate the allowable blood loss for a patient who is bleeding and who is to be replaced only with colloid solutions. This can help identify patients who might not need blood transfusion, as well as to decide when to start using blood products. This allows for better use of blood inventory.

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