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January 12, 2011

Blood Transfusion After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

JAMA. 2011;305(2):149-150. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1956

To the Editor: Dr Bennett-Guerrero and colleagues1 observed a marked variation among hospitals in the use of blood transfusion following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The authors considered inconsistency in transfusion practices as a possible explanation for these differences. However, another important factor may have been variation in the extent of bleeding.

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