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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.
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.
autotransfusion/au·to·trans·fu·sion/ (-trans-fu´zhun) reinfusion of a patient's own blood.
the collection, anticoagulation, filtration, and reinfusion of blood from an active bleeding site. It may be used in cases of major trauma or in major surgery when blood can be collected from a sterile site. Collection devices can be attached to drains following orthopedic or chest procedures.
a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as collecting and reinfusing blood that has been lost intraoperatively or postoperatively from clean wounds. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.
Withdrawal and reinjection-transfusion of the patient's own blood.
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.
reinfusion of a patient's own blood.