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Using a restrictive approach in post-surgical blood transfusions is safe and saves blood

from Medical News Today

New research published online in advance of print in the New England Journal of Medicine could refine the way that post-operative patients are cared for while preserving blood supply levels, an essential resource that is difficult to maintain at necessary quantities throughout the year. The study, led by researchers at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, shows that using a liberal blood transfusion strategy in post-operative hip-surgery patients did not appear to improve patients' recoveries or reduce the rate of death, suggesting therefore, that utilizing a restrictive transfusion approach would be appropriate patient care and conserve blood. more

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