Hemolysis due to chemical contamination of clinical perfusion apparatus.


A chemical contaminant found on the interior surface of the extracorporeal apparatus manufactured by the William Harvey Corporation was believed to have caused severe hematuria in 2 children. The biological activity of the contaminant was tested by mixing 50 ml of whole blood in contaminated cardiotomies; after 5 minutes of exposure lysis of one-sixth of… (More)