A restrictive use of both autologous donation and recombinant human erythropoietin is an efficient policy for primary total hip or knee arthroplasty.

Couvret C, Laffon M, Baud A, Payen V, Burdin P, Fusciardi J
Anesth Analg 2004;99:262-271.
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Finally a paper which tries to tell us when not to use these expensive modalities. Predonation and erythropoetin are essential tools in the reduction of allogeneic transfusion but their precise role is still being defined. Here are some tips on how to use them more efficiently. A very useful paper.

– Peter Earnshaw

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