Postoperative collection and reinfusion of autologous blood in total knee arthroplasty.

  title={Postoperative collection and reinfusion of autologous blood in total knee arthroplasty.},
  author={R S Majkowski and Iain Currie and John H. Newman},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  volume={73 6},
A series of 40 patients undergoing primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty were entered into a randomised controlled trial to assess the safety and efficacy of postoperative autologous blood salvage and reinfusion. The mean volume of autologous blood reinfused was 520 ml per patient (51% of the mean total drainage). Homologous blood transfusion was required in only 35% of patients in the study group compared with 95% of patients in the control group (P less than 0.001). The mean volume of… CONTINUE READING

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