Coronary artery surgery: cardiotomy suction or cell salvage?

  title={Coronary artery surgery: cardiotomy suction or cell salvage?},
  author={Kelvin N Lau and Hetul Shah and Andrea Kelleher and Neil E. Moat},
  journal={Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery},
  pages={46 - 46}
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) today results in what may be regarded as acceptable levels of blood loss with many institutions avoiding allogeneic red cell transfusion in over 60% of their patients. The majority of cardiac surgeons employ cardiotomy suction to preserve autologous blood during on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery; however the use of cardiotomy suction is associated with a more pronounced systemic inflammatory response and a resulting coagulopathy as well as… CONTINUE READING