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intraoperative blood salvage
Intraoperative autologous transfusion Transfusion medicine A procedure in which the blood shed or otherwise lost into an operative field is collected sterilely, washed, filtered and reinfused as a packed unit of RBCs; IAT is suited for 'bloody' heart–eg, aortic aneurysms or CABG or orthopedic surgery–eg, hip arthrodesis, ↓ Pt exposure to multiple donors and may be used with pre-deposit autologous donation, where packed red cells are collected from the Pt before surgery. See Surgical blood management. Cf Autologous transfusion.
Lower transfusion rates have been the result of reformed hospital practices; medical advances that mitigate the need for transfusion; and autologous blood salvaging," said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.