Massive transfusion in pediatric trauma: analysis of the National Trauma Databank.

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  • BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion (MT) in pediatric trauma has been described in combat populations and other single institutions studies. We aim to define the incidence of MT in a large US civilian pediatric trauma population, identify predictive parameters of MT, and the mortality associated with MT. METHODS: Data from the National Trauma Databank (2010-2012), a trauma registry maintained by the American College of Surgeons, were analyzed. We included pediatric trauma patients ≤14 y that underwent MT, as defined by 40 mL/kg of blood products within the first 24 h after admission. We compared the MT group with children receiving any transfusion within the same time frame. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed. RESULTS: Of 356,583 pediatric trauma patients, 13,523 (4%) received any transfusion in the first 24 h and 173 (0.04%) had a MT. On multivariate analysis, factors predicting MT were: older patients (5-12: OR 2.71, P = 0.006, and ≥12: OR 5.14, P < 0.001), hypothermic patients (temperature <35: OR 2.48, P < 0.025), low Glasgow Coma Scale (Glasgow Coma Scale <8: OR 2.82, P = 0.009), and Injury Severity Scores ≥25 (OR 2.01, P = 0.03). Overall mortality for the entire group, any transfusion group, and MT group were 2.5%, 13.6%, and 50.6%, respectively (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: MT in pediatric trauma is an uncommon event associated with a significant mortality. Patients undergoing MT are older, more likely to be hypothermic and have sustained more severe injuries as measured by traditional trauma scoring systems than transfused trauma patients.
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  • Massive transfusion, Pediatric, Trauma, Adolescent, Blood Transfusion, Child, Child, Preschool, Databases, Factual, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Wounds and Injuries
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  • Shroyer MC; Griffin RL; Mortellaro VE; Russell RT
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  • 166
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  • 172
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  • 208