Blood from single donor lowers risk of illness

Published on May 02, 2015 02:05:05 AM
Using fresh whole blood from a single donor is better than using component blood from multiple donors in pediatric heart surgery, a new study shows.Fresh whole blood reduces the number of individual blood donors that pediatric heart patients are exposed to, which reduces the risk of acquiring transfusion-related illness.

"The risk for disease transmission in pediatric patients is essentially the same as the risk for adults, but may be more costly over the long term because infants and young children may live longer with chronic illness stemming from transfusion," said lead author David Jobes from the University of Pennsylvania.