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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-199

Autologous Blood Transfusion In Orthopaedic Surgery - A Practical Alternative

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Shanaz J Khodaiji

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Concern about the safety of blood available for transfusion has paved the way for autologous transfusion in the Western countries. Autologous deposition of blood units prior to elective surgery accounted for 5% of the blood supply in the USA in 1989 and this figure is on the rise. Data regarding this procedure is not available in our country where the need to protect the population from transmission of infectious diseases is greater than in the West. Autologous blood transfusion was attempted in some orthopaedic patients undergoing planned surgeries to assess the feasibility of this form of transfusion. The procedure was simple to perform and safe for the donor-patient. The only disadvantage of the procedure was overcollection of blood units by almost 45%.

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