Intraoperative blood salvage and retransfusion from citrate treated wounds is safe and feasible.

Olsson C, Olsson P, Radegran K, Owall A
Scand Cardiovasc J 2010; Feb 8 [Epub ahead of print].
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Review by : E. Hansen
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In an experimental study, the authors used application of citrate onto the surgical field to prevent clot formation. Neither the effects on hemostasis in the surgical field nor the activation of a number of cascade systems other than coagulation in unwashed wound blood are considered. Thus, safety as stated in the title was not shown.

– Ernil Hansen

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