New Perfusion Research: Gender Differences in Intraoperative Blood Transfusions

By November 14, 2016

SpecialtyCare’s Senior Biostatistician, Eric Tesdahl, PhD, presented original research at the American Heart Association’s 2016 Scientific Sessions on November 14 in New Orleans. Based on data in SpecialtyCare’s Operative Procedural Registry (SCOPE™), “Gender Differences in Intraoperative Blood Transfusions” reviews 54,122 coronary artery bypass (CABG) procedures and finds that women are 30% more likely to receive a transfusion, which can lead to higher rates of infection, increased LOS, etc.

The findings indicate that perfusion strategies aimed at gender differences may minimize unnecessary transfusions. Future study on the impact of gender on transfusion practice in cardiac surgery is warranted. All abstracts presented at the meeting will be published in the Journal of Circulation.

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