Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - Perfusion.com Inc.
A patient's own blood, autologous blood, is recognized as the safest transfusion option for patients who need blood transfusions. A transfusion, after all, is a transplant of sorts. Instead of a kidney or liver, blood is the tissue a patient receives. When patients receive their own blood, they are not exposed to infectious disease and are receiving blood that is perfectly matched for them.
The perioperative autologous transfusion (PAT) procedure collects blood that would usually be lost during or after surgery, washes and processes it, and immediately returns it to the patient. Its use, in concert with the patient's autologous blood donations, can reduce or eliminate the patient's need for allogeneic blood transfusion.
The PAT Procedure
Often referred to as "blood salvage," the perioperative autologous transfusion procedure (PAT) recovers blood from the surgical field. Anticoagulant is added and the blood is pumped through a cell salvage machine, centrifuged and washed. The resulting packed red cells are pumped into a transfer bag. The unit of blood can be returned immediately to the patient or can be infused later.
Surgeries Where PAT Can Be Used
PAT Will Not Interfere With Surgery
Who Performs PAT?
Each PAT specialist receives rigorous training and ongoing evaluation to meet the medical, technical and operational certification requirements established by PHP Perfusion Services and American Association of Blood Banks. While in the hospital operating room, the PAT specialists are under the direction of the surgeon and anesthesiologist.
If PAT Is Used, Patients Can Also Donate
Blood for Their Surgery
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