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Study finds safer treatment options for traumatic brain injuries

Blood loss resulting in low hemoglobin (the molecule in the blood that carries oxygen) can cause added neurological damage to those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. To try to prevent this, blood transfusions have been a standard of treatment in intensive care management despite potential side effects.

In an effort to reduce the need for transfusions, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital used different treatment techniques for traumatic brain injuries during the early hospitalization and found that hemoglobin levels actually can be lower than previously thought before a transfusion is needed, lessening the risks associated with this treatment.

Funding: This study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (grant #P01-NS38660).

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