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Blood transfusions should be used in moderation for acute coronary syndrome
In a study of more than 44,000 patients being treated for a possible heart attack, cardiologists at the Duke Clinical Research Institute found that while transfusions were associated with a benefit in some patients, they were associated with harm in others. View News Article (2006-11-16)

Children with sickle cell disease and silent strokes show some relief with blood transfusion therapy
A group of children who have sickle cell disease and who experience silent strokes showed some relief from the silent strokes with blood transfusion therapy, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. View News Article (2007-12-11)

Researchers develop novel molecular blood group typing technique
Scientists in France have designed a new system for molecular blood group typing that offers blood banks the possibility of extensive screening of blood donors at a relatively low cost. View News Article (2014-04-10)

When should blood transfusions be given after cardiac surgery?
New research has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion.  View News Article (2015-03-12)

Umbilical cord clamping should be delayed, says expert
Clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord should be delayed for three minutes after birth, particularly for pre-term infants, suggests a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. View News Article (2007-08-17)

Anaemic patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery could have up to a five-fold increased risk of death in the days after surgery compared with patients who have normal haemoglobin concentrations, suggest authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET. People with anaemia (individuals with a haemoglobin concentration of less than 100 g per litre) are frequently given a... View News Article (2002-05-15)

University of Maryland finds restricting post-surgery blood transfusion is safe for some hip patients
More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists.  View News Article (2011-12-15)

Blood transfusions and outcomes
An exhaustive review and analysis of the medical literature by a panel of experts at the International Consensus Conference on Transfusion and Outcomes (ICCTO) held this month in Phoenix concluded that there is little evidence to support a beneficial effect from the greatest number of transfusions currently being given to patients. View News Article (2009-04-23)

Transfusion-free surgical program reduced use of blood products for all liver transplant patients
Development of a transfusion-free surgical program for Jehovah's Witness patients undergoing liver transplantation also has helped reduce the overall use of blood products for non-Jehovah's Witnesses undergoing the procedure. View News Article (2006-09-19)

Frequency of blood tests in heart surgery patients may lead to anemia, transfusions
Laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting, which can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anemia and the need for blood transfusion, according to an article in the March 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  View News Article (2015-03-19)

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