Impact of postoperative shed blood transfusion, with or without leucocyte reduction, on acute-phase response to surgery for total knee replacement.


BACKGROUND In patients undergoing total knee replacement (TKR) most blood loss occurs postoperatively and return of unwashed filtered shed blood (USB) from postoperative drainage may represent an alternative to allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT). We evaluated the impact of USB return, with or without leucocytes, on the acute-phase response (APR) after TKR… (More)