Treating anaemia before heart surgery reduces transfusions

'Short-term' intervention produces higher haemoglobin concentration a week after surgery, say researchers
Blood transfusion

An intensive burst of treatment for anaemia or iron deficiency the day before cardiac surgery reduces perioperative blood transfusions, a single-centre study suggests.

The prospective, randomised controlled trial assessed the “ultra short-term” intervention among 484 patients (mean age 68) scheduled for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting and/or valve surgery.