16. Cell Salvage

  1. Petra Seeber MD1 and
  2. Aryeh Shander MD, FCCM, FCCP2,3

Published Online: 4 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch16

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

How to Cite

Seeber, P. and Shander, A. (2012) Cell Salvage, in Basics of Blood Management, Second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch16

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute for Blood Management, Gotha, Germany

  2. 2

    Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, USA

  3. 3

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670705

Online ISBN: 9781118338070



  • Autotransfusion;
  • Cell salvage;
  • History;
  • Equipment;
  • Technique;
  • Blood washing;
  • Bacterial contamination;
  • Cancer;
  • Amniotic fluid


Cell salvage or autotransfusion as a means to harvest otherwise lost autologous blood and return it to the patient in the course of the procedure is one of the cornerstones of blood management. This chapter not only outlines how to perform cell salvage in settings ranging from low resource countries to high-tech operating rooms, but also addresses current controversies regarding its use in obstetrics, infected fields or cancer surgery. It outlines the scientific background and gives practical advice on how to troubleshoot commonly encountered challenges of this technique.