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1. reinfusion of a patient's own blood; see autologous transfusion.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as collecting and reinfusing blood which has been lost intraoperatively or postoperatively from clean wounds.
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1. Withdrawal and reinfusion or transfusion of the patient's own blood; commonly the patient's own blood is collected on several occasions over time to be reinfused during an operative procedure in which substantial blood loss is anticipated. Compare: autoinfusion.
2. In the acute setting, withdrawal of blood from a body cavity followed by intravenous reinfusion of the blood to maintain homeostasis.
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Withdrawal and reinjection-transfusion of the patient's own blood.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
autotransfusionA transfusion with one's own blood. The blood may be collected early, in anticipation of need, or may be salvaged from internal bleeding and returned to the circulation, during a surgical operation. See also AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD DONATION.
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