Evaluation of Effect of Postoperative Wound Drainage Reinfusion Using the Solcotrans Orthopaedic Drainage/Reinfusion System in Reducing the Need for Whole Blood Transfusion (HSC)
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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A prospective randomized study was conducted using the Solcotrans Orthopaedic Drainage Reinfusion System for postoperative blood salvage in total joint arthroplasty. Twenty four patients comprised the study. The amount of postoperative autologous blood salvage average 946 milliliters. Only twenty-five percent of the study group required postoperative transfusions, compared to eighty-three percent of the study group. In total knee arthroplasties, only 11 percent of the study group required transfusions, compared to seventy-eight of the control group. These differences were significant with P values less than 0. 01. There were no transfusions reactions, infectious complications, or coagulopathies. Postoperative blood salvage is a safe, reliable, and effective source of autologous blood.
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