Interventional cardiology

Age of red blood cells may not matter: TRANSFUSE

The transfusion of older stored red blood cells is safe and, unexpectedly, associated with fewer side effects than transfusion with fresher blood cells an Australian study has found, putting the question of whether ‘fresher is better’ to rest. The TRANSFUSE trial published in the NEJM showed that fresher blood offered no additional mortality benefit to critically ill patients at ...

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