Blood transfusion strategy lowers infection risk, analysis finds

An analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association supports guidelines from AABB on red blood cell transfusions, according to researchers. Limiting transfusions to cases where hemoglobin levels are under 7 g/dL could help lower the incidence of health care-associated infections. The meta-analysis was based on data from 21 trials involving 8,735 patients. The study team reported that restrictive transfusions were associated with an overall risk of infection of 11.8%, compared with 16.9% for liberal transfusion strategies.

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