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New research shows no advantage to shorter-storage red blood cell transfusions for cardiac surgery patients

New evidence shows red blood cell units stored 21 to 42 days have similar clinical effects in cardiac surgery patients compared to units stored up to 10 days.

The findings of the study, called the Red Cell Storage duration Study (RECESS), are published in New England Journal of Medicine.

The FDA allows red blood cell (RBC) units to be stored for up to 42 days after blood donation.  At most hospitals, standard transfusion practice is to utilize RBC units that are closest to 42 days old, so that the donated units will not reach their expiration date and be wasted. RECESS sought to compare clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery patients who received RBC units stored up to 10 days and patients who received RBC units stored 21 to 42 days.

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U of M orthopaedic surgeon: More research dollars needed to raise awareness around musculoskeletal disorders

Last month, University of Minnesota orthopaedic surgeon David W. Polly, M.D., joined physicians, researchers and patients from across the country in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to restore National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) funding in an effort to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal diseases impacting Americans.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), who helped arrange the event alongside multiple clinical and research partners, nearly one in three Americans suffer from a musculoskeletal condition requiring medical care. Each year the conditions account for more than 507.9 million visits to clinical providers and more than 17.5 million hospital discharges.

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U of M Medical Center recognized in national kidney transplant chain

The University of Minnesota Medical Center was recently recognized for its participation in the National Kidney Registry’s 1000th paired exchange transplant.

The Medical Center was part of a chain of ten transplants, which occurred at prominent treatment centers across the country.

Transplants first began over six years ago in February of 2008. Now, at over 1,000 successful procedures, many people have begun to live healthier lives…

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What is an ACL injury and how is it treated?

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U of M study finds pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation provides significant sustained pain relief in children with chronic pancreatitis

Researchers in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Surgery have found that total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TP-IAT) can provide significant, sustained pain relief and improve the quality of life in children with chronic pancreatitis (CP). Traditionally, surgeons would refrain from operating on younger patients, especially children, however this research shows that younger children actually fared better after surgery and had fewer complications than their counterparts.

The study was led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was recently published in the Annals of Surgery.

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In the News: U of M utilizing next generation surgical training techniques

In an attempt to create a more lifelike surgical experience, University of Minnesota Medical School professors are teaching with virtual-reality simulators to improve technique and guide students through complex cases.

Developed in collaboration with local medical device companies, the simulators are like in-depth video games for learning.

As reported by the Star TribuneRobert M. Sweet, M.D., director of the Medical School Simulation Programs said, “researchers hope to build anatomical models so lifelike that medical residents will get hands-on experience and learn from their mistakes without harming patients.”

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