Dr. Chan is Editor-in-Chief of the journal but did not participate in the peer-review process other than as an author. The authors declare no other conflict of interest.
Brief Clinical Communication
Autologous canine red blood cell transfusion using cell salvage devices
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2013
© Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 2013
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 82–86, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Kellett-Gregory, L. M., Seth, M., Adamantos, S. and Chan, D. L. (2013), Autologous canine red blood cell transfusion using cell salvage devices. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 23: 82–86. doi: 10.1111/vec.12017
- Issue published online: 28 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 14 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 FEB 2012
- autologous cell salvage;
- cell saver;
To describe the use of automated blood salvage devices for autotransfusion in dogs.
Blood salvage devices can be used to collect blood from the intraoperative surgical field or postsurgical drainage sites. The salvage device washes cells in 0.9% saline, removing plasma proteins, other cellular components, and activators of coagulation and inflammation. Washed red blood cells may be safely returned to the patient, minimizing the need for allogeneic blood transfusions.
Blood salvage has been safely used in human medicine for decades and is feasible in veterinary medicine. Potential advantages include reduced reliance on banked blood for massive transfusions and minimization of morbidities associated with the use of allogeneic and stored blood products. Concerns about the safety of salvaged blood have been largely dispelled in human medicine but further investigation regarding the safety of such procedures in veterinary patients is warranted.