Tranexamic acid in paediatric surgery and trauma
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Tranexamic acid in paediatric surgery and trauma

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To standardise the administration of intravenous tranexamic acid within RHC Glasgow


This guideline applies to all patients within RHC. The authors would like to highlight there is limited evidence applicable to neonates. Tranexamic acid is available as an oral medicine, this guideline does not apply to oral use.


Healthcare staff within RHC Glasgow


  • Tranexamic acid (TXA) is a synthetic lysine analogue that inhibits fibrinolysis and reduces bleeding.
  • TXA has been shown to reduce blood loss and transfusion requirements in both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery.
  • There is currently a wide variety of dosage regimes being used in clinical practice with high cumulative doses (>80mg/kg) correlated with increased risks of post operative seizure without evidence of better haemostasis.
  • Doses used should meet the threshold for clinical efficacy whilst avoiding unnecessarily high concentrations. The doses given below will be <80mg/kg even if continued for 24 hours.


Based on current literature, modelling studies and guidance from the RCPCH, separate dosing regimes are recommended for cardiac surgery involving cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and all other indications associated with potential significant blood loss.

Tranexamic acid in cardiac surgery with CPB or any extracorporeal circulation

At induction

10mg/kg tranexamic acid over 10 minutes

and commence

2mg/kg/hr infusion

until closure


10mg/kg tranexamic acid
into prime volume

After protamine

10mg/kg tranexamic acid over 10 minutes

If ECMO/VAD consider

2mg/kg/hr infusion


If patient in PICU going onto ECMO/VAD

Tranexamic acid up to 20mg/kg over 10 minutes
then 2mg/kg/hr infusion


Intravenous tranexamic acid in non-cardiac surgery  / major trauma / other use

At induction / presentation

15mg/kg tranexamic acid (max 1g) over 10 minutes

and commence

2mg/kg/hr infusion

until closure or reduction of risk of haemorrhage


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Faraoni D, Willems A, Melot C, De Hert S, Van der Linden P. Efficacy of tranexamic acid in paediatric cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg, 2012; 42(5): 781-6

Lecker I, Wang DS, Whissell PD, Avramescu S, Mazer CD, Orser BA. Tranexamic Acid–Associated Seizures: Causes and Treatment. Ann Neurol., 2016; 79(1): 18-26

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Evidence Statement: Major trauma and the use of tranexamic acid in children. November 2012.

Centre for Perioperative Care. Guideline for the Management of Anaemia in the Perioperative Pathway. September 2022.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 11 October 2022

Next review: 31 October 2025

Author(s): Dr Graham Bell Consultant Anaesthetist; Dr Jonathan Coutts, Neonatologist / ECMO Team; Dr Mark Davidson, Paediatric Intensivist

Version: 2

Reviewer Name(s): Lesley McKee; Claire Murnaghan; Stephen Bowhay