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Fresh red blood cell transfusions are no more beneficial than older ones to critically ill children

A new study led by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre and the University of Montreal, along with the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found that transfusions using fresh red blood cells–cells that have spent seven days or less in storage–are no more beneficial than older red blood cells in reducing the risk of organ failure or death in critically ill children.

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