Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Monday, May 12, 2014

Recycling a Patient's Lost Blood During Surgery Better Than Using Banked Blood

Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and given back to them during heart surgery have healthier blood cells better able to carry oxygen where it is most needed compared to those who get transfusions of blood stored in a blood bank, according to results of a small study at Johns Hopkins.

In a report for the June issue of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, the researchers say they found that the more units of banked blood a patient received, the more red cell damage they observed. The damage renders the cells less flexible and less able to squeeze through a body’s smallest capillaries and deliver oxygen to tissues. Among patients who received five or more units of red blood cells from a hospital blood bank during the study, the damage persisted for at least three days after surgery. In the past, studies have linked transfusions to increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, longer hospital stays and increased risk of death.

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Recycling a Patient's Lost Blood During Surgery Better Than Using Banked Blood 


Source: Johns Hopkins
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1 comment:

Infant Surya said...

It is really good to know that patient’s blood can be recycled and used for the same person. Clinical Laboratory Services helps in doing such jobs.

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