How would I establish a perioperative blood salvage program?

Authors

  • Mary Berg,

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    1. From the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado, and the Department of Perfusion Services, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colorado; and Specialty Care, Nashville, Tennessee.
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  • George Justison

    1. From the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado, and the Department of Perfusion Services, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colorado; and Specialty Care, Nashville, Tennessee.
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Mary Berg, University of Colorado Hospital, 12401 E. 17th Avenue, Mail Stop AO22, Aurora, CO 80045; e-mail: Mary.Berg@UCDenver.edu.

Abstract

Nearly one-quarter of the nation's blood supply is transfused to surgical patients. In many institutions, blood management programs that include autotransfusion (perioperative blood salvage) have been developed to decrease the need for allogeneic transfusion in eligible surgical patients. This article reviews management concepts related to an autotransfusion service.

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