Autotransfusion - Red Cell Recovery
Autotransfusion or Red Cell Recovery may
be indicated for the surgical patient who is to have surgery where the anticipated blood loss is 500ml or more.
All surgical procedures involve the creation of acute wounds that bleed. The best transfusion for a bleeding patient
is his/her own blood. Eliminates the possibilities of disease transmission and transfusion reactions. This process
is generally accepted by the Jehovah's Witness and provides support to the blood banks by keeping blood bank units available
for patients that truly need it.
Studies have shown that red cells collected at the time of surgical procedure,
is not only the best match for the patient but also has a higher quality than that of blood stored by blood banks for later