An autologous blood program coordinated by a regional blood center: a 5- year experience


Principal Officer, Southern Arizona Regional Red Cross Blood Program, 222 South Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719.


The Southern Arizona Regional Red Cross blood program offers preoperative autologous blood deposit to all patients and intraoperative autotransfusion services to all hospitals in the region. During a 5-year period, the amount of preoperatively deposited autologous blood and intraoperatively salvaged red cells available increased from 0.3 to 19.6 percent of the community's total collections. Further increases in the availability and use of autologous blood may be achieved by community-wide integration of services.