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Transfusing critically ill patients with blood stored for fewer than 7 days rather than blood stored for up to 35 days conferred no clinical or economic benefit.

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Timothy S Walsh 1,*, Simon Stanworth 2,3,4, Julia Boyd 5, David Hope 6, Sue Hemmatapour 7, Helen Burrows 7, Helen Campbell 8, Elena Pizzo 9, Nicholas Swart 9, Stephen Morris 9

1 Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Division of Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
2 Department of Haematology, Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford, UK
3 NHS Blood and Transplant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
4 Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
5 Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
6 Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, UK
7 Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
8 National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
9 Department of Applied Health Research, University College London, London, UK
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