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Mar 04

The study showed the overall transfusion rate was 2.14% among 2.2 million patients who underwent PCI between 2009 and 2013 in the CathPCI Registry.

A nationwide analysis of PCI published in the February 26, 2014 issue of JAMA suggests there is wide variability in the practice of blood transfusions and that patients who received blood transfusions fared significantly worse following PCI than those who did not receive them. The study showed the overall transfusion rate was 2.14% among 2.2 million patients who underwent PCI between 2009 and 2013 in the CathPCI Registry. For patients undergoing PCI who received a blood transfusion, there was a significantly increased risk of MI, stroke, and in-hospital death, regardless of bleeding complications.

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