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LETTER TO EDITOR Table of Contents   
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135
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Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, L4-060, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8480, USA

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Scott BH. Authors' reply. Ann Card Anaesth 2008;11:135

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Scott BH. Authors' reply. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Aug 12];11:135. Available from: http://www.annals.in/text.asp?2008/11/2/135/41588


The Editor,

We thank the authors [1] for their interest in our article. [2] The authors have brought to attention the recently published article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Koch et al. , [3] where certain points regarding age of the red blood cells transfused and its adverse consequences have been raised. They have certainly raised an interesting point about transfusing red blood cells less than 14 days old. In light of shortage of blood supply and the logistics of obtaining relatively fresh blood (i.e., <14 days), this is an area worth looking into and warrants more discussion. If available, it appears that fresh blood is certainly a better option.

 
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1.Gopinath R. Blood transfusion is associated with increased resource utilization, morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery. Ann Cardiac Anaesth 2008;11:134.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Scott BH, Seifert FC, Grimson R. Blood transfusion is associated with increased resource utilization, morbidity and mortality in cardiac surgery. Ann Card Anaesth 2008;11:15-9.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Koch CG, Li L, Sessler DI, Figueroa P, Hoeltge GA, Mihaljevic T, et al. Duration of red-cell storage and complications after cardiac surgery. N Engl J Med 2008;358:1229-39.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]

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Correspondence Address:
Bharathi H Scott
Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, L4-060, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8480
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.41588

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