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Int J Obstet Anesth. 2002 Apr;11(2):128-34.

Clinical experience with cell salvage in obstetrics: 4 cases from one UK centre.

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Department of Anaesthetics, Swansea NHS Trust, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, UK. s.catling@mailcity.com

Abstract

We present 4 cases in which cell salvaged blood was used in maternity patients, including three caesarean sections and one post-partum haemorrhage. All patients were monitored for a minimum of 24 h on either a general Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or specialised obstetric High Dependency Unit (HDU). Postoperative complications are discussed, with particular emphasis on whether the transfusion of cell salvaged blood was a contributory factor. Cell salvage in obstetrics is being used in a haphazard and individual manner and our only present outcome indicators are case reports. We consider the argument for and against cell salvage in obstetrics, and suggest guidelines to reflect current best practice in the use of the machine and filters.

PMID:
15321566
DOI:
10.1054/ijoa.2001.0914
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