Old blood as good as fresh in patients with life-threatening illnesses

March 17, 2015 2:06 PM

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Old blood as good as fresh in patients with life-threatening illnesses

Just like milk and many other foods, blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to popular belief, new research shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood - findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The large clinical trial provides reassuring evidence about the safety of blood routinely transfused to critically ill patients. Supported by the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and countless nurses, blood bank technologists, transfusion medicine and critical care physicians, Drs. Jacques Lacroi...

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