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Keywords:

  • Haemorrhage;
  • allogeneic transfusion;
  • Abdominal trauma;
  • intra-operative salvage

We performed a retrospective audit of 1235 patients presenting between 1992 and 1997, following the introduction of intra-operative blood salvage at our hospital. Twenty-two cases of severe abdominal trauma requiring emergency laparotomy and intra-operative blood salvage were identified. The impact of intra-operative blood salvage in aiding resuscitation and reducing demand on allogeneic blood supplies is discussed.