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The Future of Blood Transfusion in Heart Surgery

A new study in Anesthesia and Analgesia reveals that using a patient’s own blood during heart surgery is a safer alternative to the traditional method of blood transfusion. A new entry in the New York Times’ Well Blog describes the results of the study, in which the patients who received their own blood showed an improved blood cell health after three days, while those who received a blood transfusion experienced a slower recovery and decreased flexibility in the blood cells. As an added bonus, the technology costs around $120 for a single use, roughly half the cost of a typical transfusion.

Read the entry published in the New York Times‘ Well Blog.