This large systematic review of patients with AMI found blood transfusions were associated with higher risk of mortality and subsequent AMI compared to no transfusion, regardless of baseline, nadir, or change in hemoglobin. As with many other conditions, the use of blood transfusions should be minimized in patients with AMI (abstract).
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.