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Recycling a Patient’s Lost Blood During Surgery Better Than Using Banked Blood

“Patients feel better about getting their own blood, and recycling is also more cost effective.”
Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and given back to them during heart surgery have healthier blood cells better able to carry oxygen where it is most needed compared to those who get transfusions of blood stored in a blood bank, according to results of a small study at Johns Hopkins.

In a report for the June issue of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, the researchers say

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