Red blood cell transfusions tied to infection risk in surgery

05/31/2013 | HealthDay News

A study in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery found that patients who undergo a red blood cell transfusion in cardiac surgery or afterward face a higher risk of major infection, including pneumonia and bloodstream infections. Increased risks of infection were not seen among patients who received platelets, and those who received platelets in combination with more than four units of red blood cells were at a reduced risk of infection. The observational study included almost 5,200 adults who underwent procedures in 2010.

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