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Recycled Blood Better than Banked Blood

Blood salvaged and reused on a patient undergoing heart surgery appears to be healthier than blood obtained from a blood bank, according to a new study.   Steven Frank, MD, and a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that the more blood from a blood bank a patient was given, the more there was red blood cell damage.   This, researchers said, “renders the cells less flexible and less able to squeeze through a body’s smallest capillaries and...

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