Friday, April 25, 2014

Transfusions Linked to Increased Infection Risk

About one in every 20 hospitalized patients develops an infection as a result of their care, but limiting blood transfusions to patients with low hemoglobin levels may decrease their risk for acquiring one, researchers have found. Although donated blood is carefully screened for infectious agents and the likelihood of developing an infection from a transfusion is slim, some patients may react poorly to substances found in stored blood, increasing their risk for infection from other sources.

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