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Doctors need to prepare for blood shortages now
Doctors need to prepare for shortages in the supply of blood for transfusion, warns an expert in this week's BMJ. (2005-02-03)
Current blood transfusion practice in trauma centers feasible but wastes scarce plasma
The use of a 1:1:1 blood transfusion protocol in patients with severe trauma is feasible in hospitals, although it is associated with higher waste of plasma, according to a randomized trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2013-07-15)
Blood transfusion-transmitted infections: A global perspective
A commentary by Blajchman and Vamvakas written in relation to an article in the same issue of the journal concerning the transfusion-transmission of HHV-8, a virus that has the potential to cause skin tumors (Kaposi's sarcoma) in immunocompromised recipients. (2006-09-27)
Blood transfusion for PCI associated with increased risk of cardiac event
In an analysis that included more than two million patients who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI; procedures such as balloon angioplasty or stent placement used to open narrowed coronary arteries), there was considerable variation in red blood cell transfusion practices among hospitals across the US, and receiving a transfusion was associated with an increased risk of in-hospital heart attack, stroke or death, according to a study in the Feb. (2014-02-25)
Improving blood safety worldwide
Advances in blood safety and transfusion medicine are discussed in a three-part series and accompanying editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2007-08-02)
Severe anemia linked with risk of serious intestinal disorder among VLBW infants
Ravi M. Patel, M.D., M.Sc., of the Emory University School of Medicine & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and colleagues examined whether red blood cell transfusion and severe anemia were associated with the rate of necrotizing enterocolitis (an acute, life-threatening, inflammatory disease occurring in the intestines of premature infants) among very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants. (2016-03-01)
AABB releases new guidelines for red blood cell transfusion
The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) recommends a restrictive red blood cell transfusion strategy for stable adults and children, according to new guidelines being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2012-03-26)
No risk of developing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from blood transfusion
There is no association between blood transfusion and development of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, according to research in this week's BMJ. (2000-06-29)
Blood transfusions should not go ahead without informed consent
Two legal experts argue on today that informed consent should be obtained from competent patients before blood transfusions takes place. (2010-08-24)
Transfusion not always best treatment for anemia, age of stored blood may play a role
University of Kentucky researchers have recently published a paper suggesting that transfusion may not always be the best treatment for hospitalized patients with anemia. (2011-10-12)
Updated AABB guidelines for when to perform red blood cell transfusion, optimal length of RBC storage
In a report published online by JAMA, Jeffrey L. Carson, M.D., of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J., and colleagues provide recommendations for the AABB (previously known as the American Association of Blood Banks) for the target hemoglobin level for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. (2016-10-12)
Red blood cell transfusions under scrutiny
Bristol scientists have found that red blood cell transfusions given to people having heart surgery could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. (2007-11-26)
Blood transfusions from precancerous blood donors do not increase risk of cancer
There is no evidence to suggest that blood transfusions from donors with undiagnosed cancer are associated with increased risk of cancer among recipients. (2007-05-17)
Study examines neurological outcomes for TBI treatments
In patients with a traumatic brain injury, neither the administration of the hormone erythropoietin or maintaining a higher hemoglobin concentration through blood transfusion resulted in improved neurological outcome at six months, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA. (2014-07-01)
Shorter times to blood transfusion associated with decreased death risk in trauma patients
Patients who get blood quickly after severe injuries are less likely to die, according to researchers from the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine. (2016-04-14)
New approach for reducing bleeding after surgery
Encouraging findings from a study in this week's issue of The Lancet suggest that factor VII-an agent involved in blood clotting-could be effective in reducing excessive blood loss during abdominal surgery. (2003-01-16)
Food allergies can be transmitted from blood products to children in rare cases
In rare cases, children can develop anaphylactic allergies to previously tolerated foods after receiving blood products via transfusion, report the authors of a case study published in CMAJ. (2015-04-07)
The UK's third case of vCJD associated with blood transfusion
Researchers report the details of the UK's third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) associated with blood transfusion in an Article in this week's issue of the Lancet. (2006-12-07)
Experts examine ways to address anemia and blood loss in surgery patients
A new review presents a 'patient blood management' program to help clinicians make decisions relating to anemia and blood transfusion (2015-09-08)
New guidelines for life-saving blood transfusions based on Rutgers research
New AABB guidelines, published by The Journal of the American Medical Association, were developed after Jeffrey L. (2016-10-12)
International study proves old blood is as good as new
It's been long thought that when blood transfusions are needed, it may be best to use the freshest blood, but McMaster University researchers have led a large international study proving that it is not so. (2016-10-24)
$12 million grant to improvement transfusion safety in Africa awarded to Emory, AABB, and Red Cross
Transfusion medicine experts at Emory University, the American Association of Blood Banks and the American Red Cross will use a new $12 million grant from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to improve the safety of blood transfusion in Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique and Guyana. (2004-08-02)
Filtering donor blood reduces heart, lung complications
Researchers have discovered yet another reason to filter the foreign white cells from donor blood: The resulting blood product is associated with dramatically fewer cardiopulmonary complications for patients who received a transfusion. (2010-06-22)
Like hand-washing, blood transfusions linked to infections
Blood transfusions are among the most common treatments for hospitalized patients nationwide, but doing them less often reduces infection rates by nearly 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association co-authored by Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. (2014-04-01)
Duration of RBC storage does not affect short-term pulmonary, immunologic, or coagulation status
There is no difference in early measures of pulmonary function, immunologic status or coagulation status after fresh versus standard issue single-unit red blood cell transfusion, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. (2012-01-20)
Blood center's high-tech help for US's blood shortage
Research published in Transfusion reveals that e-mail is an effective way of both attaining new whole-blood donors and increasing donations from current participants. (2006-03-29)
Blood transfusion study: Less is more
A new study suggests that blood transfusions for hospitalized cardiac patients should be a last resort because they double the risk of infection and increase by four times the risk of death. (2009-08-05)
Trauma patients undergoing emergency operations may receive transfusions of their own blood
Transfusion with a trauma patient's own blood may offer a cost-effective alternative to transfusion with blood from another individual as a resuscitation method during surgery, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-07-19)
National blood donor pool significantly smaller than previously thought
According to a new study in Transfusion, the number of individuals in the US who are eligible to donate blood may be smaller than previously believed -- approximately 60 million fewer people. (2007-07-31)
Rates of blood transfusions for CABG surgery varies widely among US hospitals
A study that includes data on more than 100,000 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery finds that there is wide variability among hospitals in the US on the use of blood transfusions, without a large difference in the rate of death, suggesting that many transfusions may be unnecessary, according to a study in the Oct. (2010-10-12)
Heart attack patients who receive blood transfusions have higher death rate
Receiving a blood transfusion is associated with a greater risk of death for patients with acute coronary syndromes, such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack), according to a study in the October 6 issue of JAMA. (2004-10-05)
Transfusion rates vary extremely in cardiac bypass surgery
Transfusion rates for blood products used in a common heart surgery range from no patients to nearly all patients, and vary by hospital, according to findings from a group of researchers from Duke University Medical Center. (2010-10-12)
Possible explanation for fever after platelet transfusion
A preliminary study published in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggests a possible explanation for the biological process responsible for inducing fever and related symptoms after the transfusion of blood platelets. (2001-06-22)
Better blood screening process needed to prevent babesiosis transmission
Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. (2009-10-20)
Restrictive use of blood transfusions during cardiac surgery shows comparable outcomes
Use of stricter guidelines for the use of red blood cell transfusions for patients undergoing cardiac surgery was associated similar rates of death and severe illness compared to patients who received more transfusions, according to a study in the Oct. (2010-10-12)
Blood transfusions drastically reduce death in anemic elderly heart attack patients
Yale researchers have found that giving blood transfusions to anemic elderly heart attack patients significantly improves the survival rate for that group. (2001-10-31)
Stroke risk returns when children with sickle cell disease stop transfusions
Stopping regular blood transfusions in children with sickle cell disease who are at risk for a stroke means their stroke risk likely will return, researchers have found. (2005-12-29)
Canada lags in use of blood conservation techniques
Brian Feagan and colleagues report that the use of blood conservation techniques in elective surgery remains low in Canada. (2002-02-04)
Study: Blood transfusion associated with increased risk of death for patients with heart attack
A meta-analysis of 10 studies suggests that receipt of a blood transfusion among patients with myocardial infarction (heart attack) was associated with increased all-cause mortality compared with not receiving a blood transfusion during heart attack, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2012-12-24)
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