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Blood transfusion from another person doubles infection risk after CABG surgery

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3147 (Published 04 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3147
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Having a blood transfusion from another person after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with a twofold increase in infection after operation, warns a US study, which also shows considerable variation in transfusion practices between different hospitals (BMC Medicine 2009;7:37, doi:10.1186/1741-7015-7-37).

    The practice of blood transfusion is currently in transition, after growing evidence in the last few years of adverse effects, particularly with allogeneic transplants, in which blood is provided by another person. To investigate this further, researchers from the University of Michigan evaluated outcomes in 24 789 patients undergoing CABG surgery at hospitals in the …

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