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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)
Outcomes of administering blood transfusions to patients with lower levels of hemoglobin
Restricting red blood cell transfusions among hospitalized patients to those with hemoglobin -- the iron-containing protein in RBCs -- measures below a certain level is associated with a lower risk of health care-associated infections, according to a study in the April 2 issue of JAMA. (2014-04-01)
Blood-error reporting system tracks medical mistakes
A group of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center researchers, however, thinks that every mistake, even those caught before tragedy, provides important lessons that could prevent the next headline. (1999-11-18)
Kenyan study could help other African countries improve HIV blood-transfusion strategies (p 657)
A 1994 study which highlighted the problem of HIV-1 transmission from blood-transfusion programmes in Kenya-and resulted in positive government action-could help other African countries develop safer blood-transfusion strategies. (2001-08-23)
Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, July 4, 2000
1). New anti-inflammatory drug reduced kidney function in older adults; 2)Girl, promptly treated with anti-HIV drugs after receiving HIV-contaminated blood in a transfusion, did not develop infection; 3)Three-drug regimen controlled HIV for three years (2000-07-03)
Single, high-dose erythropoietin given 2 days pre-op reduces need for transfused blood
Anemia increases operative mortality and morbidity in non-cardiac and cardiac surgical procedures. (2013-05-06)
Severe anemia linked to risk for intestinal disease in premature infants
A study has found that severe anemia, but not red blood cell transfusions, is associated with an increased risk for a potentially fatal intestinal condition in premature infants. (2016-03-01)
After 2 years, study shows Revlimid patients live longer and remain transfusion free
Dr. Alan List, from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, presented the final results from a pivotal Phase II trial evaluating Revlimid in patients with an incurable blood cancer known as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) at this year's American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting. (2006-12-11)
Study compares effectiveness of different transfusion strategies for severe trauma
Among patients with severe trauma and major bleeding, those who received a transfusion of a balanced ratio of plasma, platelets, and red blood cells were more likely to have their bleeding stopped and less likely to die due to loss of blood by 24 hours compared to patients who received a transfusion with a higher ratio of RBCs, according to a study in the Feb. (2015-02-03)
Overuse of blood transfusions increases infection risk
The fewer the red blood cell transfusions, the less likely patients were to develop infections like pneumonia. (2014-04-01)
New book includes advances in the science and practice of transfusion and transplantation
Transfusion science, a discipline of biomedicine concerned with preventing the transmission of diseases associated with blood transfusion and tissue transplantation, has made significant progress in recent years. (2008-10-28)
Severe maternal morbidity in Canada, 1991-2001
Shi Wu Wen and colleagues report rates of severe maternal morbidity in Canada over a 10-year period. (2005-09-26)
Scientists fear threat of second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection
The human-to-human threat of TSEs, specifically (2004-10-19)
How 1000 new genetic variants were discovered in blood groups
1000 new mutations in the blood group genes: that is what physician and former programmer Mattias Möller found in his research study in which he developed new software and investigated blood group genes in 2504 people. (2017-01-26)
Substantial increase in death rate after bypass surgery for people with anaemia
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. (2002-05-16)
Maternal breast milk is risk factor for cytomegalovirus transmission in premature infants
Premature infants, especially those born with very low-birth-weight, are particularly vulnerable to cytomegalovirus infection because of their immature immune systems. (2014-09-22)
Reducing infectious malaria parasites in donated blood could help prevent transmission
A technique for reducing the number of infectious malaria parasites in whole blood could significantly reduce the number of cases of transmission of malaria through blood transfusion, according to a collaboration between researchers in Cambridge, UK, and Kumasi, Ghana. (2016-04-21)
Study links blood transfusions to surgery complications in women
Women die and get infections more often than men after heart surgery because they tend to receive more blood transfusions, which boost the risks of bad outcomes, according to a study published in the December Journal of Women's Health. (2007-12-01)
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. (2015-03-11)
Expert panel issues updated guidelines for red blood cell storage time and transfusion use
For most stable hospitalized patients, transfusions of red blood cells stored for any time point within their licensed dating period -- so-called standard issue -- are as safe as transfusions with blood stored 10 days or less, or 'fresh,' according to updated clinical guidelines issued by an expert panel convened by a national organization that has long set standards for blood banking and transfusion practices. (2016-10-12)
Baffling blood problem explained
Some 200,000 people in Europe and a similar number in North America are (2013-03-20)
Study: TXA safe and effective to reduce blood loss in joint replacement surgery
Blood loss and the need for a blood transfusion are major concerns in joint replacement surgery, but a new use for an old drug is proving effective in reducing blood loss and transfusion rates, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery. (2016-03-01)
Blood transfusions still overused and may do more harm than good in some patients
Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who don't need it. (2012-04-24)
New choices for patients: Transfusion-free medicine for Jehovah's Witnesses and transfusion-wary
Transfusion-free Medicine for Jehovah's Witnesses and Patients Wary of Blood Transfusions was pioneered at Pennsylvania Hospital Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery in Philadelphia. (2007-12-05)
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 anemic before giving a transfusion. (2015-03-11)
Preventing mortality after myocardial infarction
How much blood to give to anemic patients after a heart attack? (2017-01-04)
Transfusion after trauma can benefit or harm patients depending on their risk of death
The risks and benefits of red blood cell transfusions for patients with trauma and major bleeding might vary considerably based on a patient's predicted risk of death on arrival at a trauma centre, according to new research published in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2014-06-17)
Effect of duration of storage of red blood cells transfused for cardiac surgery
Although some studies have suggested that transfusion of stored red blood cell (RBC) concentrates may be harmful, as blood undergoes several physiological changes during storage, an analysis of patients who underwent cardiac surgery in Sweden over a 16-year period found no association between duration of RBC storage and risk of death or serious complications, according to a study in the Oct. (2015-10-20)
Variant CJD -- Prion amplification breakthrough brings new insights and hopes for a blood test
Researchers have shown that a recently developed laboratory method to amplify prions (Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification) can be applied to variant CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). (2007-07-04)
Scientists raise concerns about second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection
Leaders in science, public policy and public health will discuss the (2004-10-22)
Study highlights implications of influenza pandemics on blood supplies
A German research team has examined data on supply and demand for blood transfusions against a computer simulation of an influenza pandemic, and discovered that a severe pandemic scenario could quickly lead to a deficit of up to 96,000 red blood cell transfusion units in Germany alone, creating potentially fatal outcomes. (2009-12-09)
Heavier patients require less blood transfusions in hip, knee replacement surgery
Blood transfusion rates in hip and knee replacement surgery were dramatically lower in overweight or obese patients than patients of normal weight, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (2015-10-01)
The Lancet Series: Transfusion medicine
Mounting evidence that blood transfusions make patients more susceptible to infections and increase the risks of poor outcomes such as longer hospital stays, cancer recurrences, and multi-organ system failure has led to the dawning of a new age in transfusion medicine, and the development of multiple approaches to minimize the use of blood products. (2013-05-23)
Dartmouth-hitchcock researchers find hormone decreases need for blood transfusions
In an article published in the December 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Drs. (2002-12-10)
Blood transfusions associated with infection
A study of almost 25,000 coronary artery bypass graft patients has shown that receiving blood from another person is associated with a two-fold increase in post-operative infection rates. (2009-07-30)
Blueprint to reduce wasteful blood transfusions
By analyzing data from randomized clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, Johns Hopkins experts, along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and NYU Langone Medical Center, endorse recommendations for blood transfusions that reduce blood use to improve patient safety and outcomes. (2017-11-20)
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