Study backs fewer transfusions for elderly patients after hip surgery

12/15/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration) · MSN

In general, a liberal approach to blood transfusion after hip fracture surgery did not lead to reduced recovery times or better chances of survival in elderly patients, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. With some caveats, the trial "provides new evidence to support the view that a more restrictive transfusion threshold in the absence of symptoms of anemia may be reasonable, including in elderly patients at risk for cardiovascular events," researchers wrote.

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