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Editorial: Surgeons should face up to the evidence

发布时间:2019-03-01 08:11:01来源:未知点击:

BLOOD transfusions have been a constant of medicine for almost a century. They are used to treat not only patients who have lost a lot of blood in a traumatic accident, but also those who are critically ill or undergoing major surgery. So it is a shock to learn that the technique frequently does more harm than good. A series of studies suggest it may increase the risk of death in all but the most serious cases of anaemia and people suffering a catastrophic loss of blood (see “Could blood transfusions actually cause harm?