Study links blood transfusion to hospital infection, mortality

10/3/2009 | Cardiology Today magazine

Allogeneic blood transfusions nearly doubled the risk of in-hospital infections, including sepsis and Clostridium difficile, and increased the risk almost fivefold for in-hospital mortality among patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery, a study said. The procedure also increased the chances of readmission and postdischarge mortality. "The safety of patients undergoing CABG will likely be improved if hospitals carefully review current guidelines on allogeneic blood transfusion, closely adhere to such guidelines and institute interventions to reduce inappropriate use of blood transfusions in recipients of CABG," the researchers said.

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