The authors studied a database of 1,915 patients who underwent isolated first time myocardial revascularization between 1994 and 1997 and found that blood transfusions during or after coronary artery bypass operations were associated with increased long-term mortality (risk ratio = 1.7; 95% confidence interval = 1.4 to 2.0). This retrospective database analysis is important and […]
Interesting, but very rare adverse reaction that needs not be treated as long as no bacterial infection complicates the situation. Then antibiotics are the therapy of choice, and not granulocyte colony stimulating factor as used in the report, because granulocytopoiesis is normal. – V. Kretschmer
Survival, function, and hemolysis of shed red blood cells processed as nonwashed blood and washed red blood cells.
This paper adds further evidence that intraoperatively salvaged blood is of high quality with regard to RBC function and viability. This is especially true for washed RBCs. The hemolysis and cell loss in unwashed blood might be underestimated because of the experimental setting―immediate collection and retransfusion of the blood and lack of contact with traumatized […]
Note: It is difficult to ascertain transfusion as a factor entirely separate from co-morbidity. – F. Regan and M. Contreras.