Journal article

Autologous transfusion techniques: a systematic review of their efficacy

P Carless, A Moxey, D O'Connell, D Henry



Shortages of donor blood and fears of transmitted infections have prompted the use of a range of blood-sparing techniques in the peri-operative period. We conducted a systematic review of three techniques that involve the re-infusion of a patient's blood--pre-operative autologous blood deposit (PAD), acute normovolaemic haemodilution (ANH), and cell salvage (CS). We examined the effects of these interventions on the need for peri-operative allogeneic red blood cell transfusion and on clinical outcomes. Controlled clinical studies were identified by computer searches of comprehensive electronic databases and bibliographic searches of published articles. The literature search retrieved a total..

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