Transfusion and outcome in heart surgery. [Editorial]

The Editorial by Bruce Spiess enthusiastically supports the work of Engoren et al. on the effects of blood transfusions on long-term survival after coronary artery bypass surgery while recognizing that databased research suffers several limitations. The author mentions that other databased studies, including ours, have examined outcomes and lowest hematocrit, found bad outcomes associated with […]

Effect of blood transfusion on long-term survival after cardiac operation.

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 […]

A randomized trial of iron deficiency testing strategies in hemodialysis patients.

It is well known that Ferritin and Transf.sat are parameters that are influenced by various factors such as inflammation, iron overload, varying serum iron levels, etc. Therefore, better parameters are needed and hypochromic red cells are one of the most promising concerning correct titration of parenteral iron. Reticulocyte Hb content (CHr) decreases singnificantly if functional […]