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Whole Blood Best for Youngest Heart Surgery Patients: Study

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – Children undergoing heart surgery do better when they get fresh whole blood from single donors instead of "component blood" from multiple donors, new research suggests. But fresh whole blood isn't typically available for pediatric heart surgery patients, said study leader Dr. David Jobes, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "We hope that our research helps to re-examine current blood storage practice and make whole blood more readily available for pediatric patients," Jobes added. The findings are published in the May issue of Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Patients given blood or blood components can experience allergic reactions or serious complications such as lung injury and infectious disease, the researchers noted. "The risk for disease transmission in pediatric ... Read more

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