Table 2

Intra- and postoperative characteristics of patients

VariableNot transfused (n=201)Transfused (n=102)p Value
No of units
 0
 17
 259
 ≥334
First haematocrit on bypass2522<0.001
Haematocrit on postoperative day 340460.01
Aprotonin (%)
 None4633
 Half dose316
 Full dose5151
nptrend0.04
Infection (%)*270.03
Pneumonia (%)111<0.001
Length of stay (days), median815<0.001
Discharged home (%)8952<0.001
In-hospital charges$57 353$106 044<0.001
Reported satisfaction (% excellent)79830.67
  • * Defined as detection of mediastinitis, leg wound infection or by infectious disease personnel through culture.

  • Median.