Study: Older blood raises infection risk in transfusion patients

10/28/2008 | Yahoo! · Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A U.S. study involving 422 transfusion patients found that those who received a transfusion of blood stored for 29 days or longer were twice as likely to develop pneumonia, sepsis and other serious infections compared with those who received stored blood kept for 28 days or less. The researchers stressed the need for additional studies to determine the optimal storage period for blood to prevent infections. Rules currently permit blood to be stored for 42 days.

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