20 July 2010

Patient's 'Lost' Blood Can Be Reused in Trauma Surgery

Process safer, cheaper than using donated blood, study authors say

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However, reusing the patient's blood is much less common during emergency surgeries that can occur after shootings, car accidents and other traumas, explained study author Dr. Carlos Brown, medical director of trauma services at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Texas. That's because of the need to have a perfusionist or other specially trained member of the surgical team on hand to operate equipment and oversee the procedure.


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