Anticoagulation techniques in apheresis: from heparin to citrate and beyond.

@article{Lee2012AnticoagulationTI,
  title={Anticoagulation techniques in apheresis: from heparin to citrate and beyond.},
  author={Grace Soyon Lee and Gowthami Morey Arepally},
  journal={Journal of clinical apheresis},
  year={2012},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={117-25}
}
Anticoagulation is essential for maintaining the fluidity of extravascular blood on the apheresis circuit. Although both citrate and heparin are used as an anticoagulant during apheresis, citrate is preferred for the majority of exchange procedures because of its safety and effectiveness. Complications of citrate are primarily due to physiologic effects of… CONTINUE READING