Tranexamic acid safe for joint arthroscopies

Tranexamic acid use in knee or hip arthroscopies reduces the need for blood transfusions without increasing the risk of complications, according to US research.

The study of over 800,000 patients found a 69% reduction in allogeneic or autologous blood transfusions in patients where tranexamic acid was used, compared with non-use.

There was no increased risk of thromboembolic events, acute renal failure or other perioperative complications with tranexamic acid, regardless of whether or not patients received an