Table 3

Indications for transfusions in the two groups

Indication for transfusionNumber of transfusions in NIRS groupNumber of transfusions in conventional group
NIRS, Near infrared spectroscopy; FOE, fractional oxygen extraction; Hb, haemoglobin concentration.
FOE >0.470180
Low Hb (according to protocol)064
Low Hb alone (<80 g/l)20
Transfusion given according to wrong protocol10
Acute clinical deterioration including apnoeas and/or desaturations2217
Acute haemorrhage22
Clinical concern because of high dependency and low Hb80
No indication recorded10
Breathless on feeding10
Before surgery11