Conventional blood conservation techniques in 500 consecutive coronary artery bypass operations.

@article{Ovrum1991ConventionalBC,
  title={Conventional blood conservation techniques in 500 consecutive coronary artery bypass operations.},
  author={Eivind Ovrum and Elisabeth Holen and Michel Abdelnoor and Rolf Oystese},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1991},
  volume={52 3},
  pages={
          500-5
        }
}
With use of a nonpharmacological, simple, and inexpensive program for blood conservation, 500 consecutive patients underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting without need of homologous red cell transfusions in 493 (98.6%). At least one internal mammary artery was grafted in all but 1 patient, with supplemental saphenous vein grafts. Intraoperatively, autologous heparinized blood was removed before bypass and retransfused at the conclusion of extracorporeal circulation. The volume… CONTINUE READING
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