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Heparin coating of the extracorporeal circuit combined with leukocyte filtration reduces coagulation activity, blood loss and blood product substitution.

Heparin bonded circuits have become standard in extracorporeal bypass circuits for open heart surgery. Leukoreduction of allogeneic red blood cells is also considered a standard of care in many countries. Martens and colleagues concluded from this small series of patients that the addition of a leukocyte filter to the heparin bonded circuit is associated with […]