Retrograde autologous priming of the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit reduces blood transfusion after coronary artery surgery.
This article confirms previous studies showing that a reduction of the bypass circuit priming volume can be associated with a reduction in allogeneic blood use. This beneficial effect is related to a lower degree of hemodilution reached during and immediately after the cardiopulmonary bypass. – P. Van der Linden
The article gives data on transfusion reactions that are not conclusive. There is no doubt about the reduction of non-hemolytic transfusion reactions in chronically transfused patients when using leukodepleted cellular blood components. Finding no difference in the incidence of transfusion reactions between leukodepleted and non-leukodepleted RBCs is contrary to daily experience. However, it is true […]