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Blood Shelf Life Shorter Than Previously Thought
2013-03-04 18:42:04

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com — Your Universe Online Over the past five years, studies have been conducted exploring the efficacy of transfused blood in delivering oxygen throughout the body. More specifically, those studies focused on the breakdown of nitric acid contained in red blood cells. The deterioration of the nitric acid begins almost immediately after blood is drawn from a donor. Regardless of how much oxygen may be contained in a red blood cell, if there is an...

Blood Transfusions May Do More Harm Than Good
2012-04-24 12:56:46

Johns Hopkins study shows wide variation in transfusion use in operating rooms Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who don't need it. The resulting overuse of blood is problematic, the researchers say, because blood is a scarce and expensive resource and because recent studies have...