Association of transfusion and mortality after cardiac surgery

There is mounting evidence associating blood transfusions and mortality in hospitalized patients. In this large retrospective cohort of >9000 patients who had undergone cardiac surgery (CABG or valve), those that were transfused had a 16% higher risk of morality compared to those not transfused, after multivariate adjustment (abstract). Although retrospective, this adds evidence to the mounting literature purporting harm of transfusions in a variety of hospitalized patients.

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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