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Blood transfusions during CABG increased risk for pneumonia

January 30, 2015

Patients had a greater risk for developing postoperative pneumonia if they received red blood cell transfusions during or after isolated CABG surgery, according to data presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting.

“Pneumonia is a known risk following CABG surgery, and developing [pneumonia] has been shown to significantly increase a patient’s risk of morbidity and mortality,” Donald S. Likosky, PhD, associate professor and head of the section of health services research and quality in the department of cardiac surgery at University of Michigan Health System, said in a press release. “Previous research has shown that one in every 20 CABG patients develops a major infection, with pneumonia being the most common type of infection.”

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