Chapter 34. Autologous Transfusion

  1. Michael F. Murphy MD, FRCP, FRCPath Professor Consultant Haematologist3,4 and
  2. Derwood H. Pamphilon MD, MRCPCH, FRCP, FRCPath Consultant Haematologist Honorary Clinical Reader5,6
  1. Dafydd Thomas MB, ChB, FRCA Consultant in Intensive Care1 and
  2. John Thompson MS, FRCSEd, FRCS Consultant Surgeon2

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444311761.ch34

Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

How to Cite

Thomas, D. and Thompson, J. (2009) Autologous Transfusion, in Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition (eds M. F. Murphy and D. H. Pamphilon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311761.ch34

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

  2. 4

    NHS Blood and Transplant and Department of Haematology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

  3. 5

    NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol, UK

  4. 6

    Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Welsh Blood Implementation Group, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK

  2. 2

    Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals, Exeter, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181969

Online ISBN: 9781444311761



  • autologous blood transfusion;
  • blood conservation strategies;
  • acute normovolaemic haemodilution (ANH);
  • gastrointestinal malignancy;
  • cell salvage;
  • intraoperative cell salvage (ICS);
  • amniotic fluid;
  • postoperative cell salvage (PCS)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reasons to consider autologous transfusion

  • Blood conservation strategies

  • Pre-deposit autologous donation

  • Acute normovolaemic haemodilution

  • Other techniques that have been abandoned

  • Effective methods for blood conservation

  • Transfusion triggers

  • Transfusion targets

  • Techniques for providing autologous blood

  • Key points

  • Further reading