Failure of transfusion of autologous whole blood to reduce banked-blood requirements in open-heart surgical patients

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1975 Aug;70(2):338-43.


Although transfusion of autologous blood by the method described would seem to be a safe and proctical means of reducing banked-blood requirements for open-heart operations, our experience indicates that the amount of blood needed to be added to the pump oxygenator more than negates the value in reducing intraoperative blood requirements. In fact, autologously transfused patients used more blood than did control subjects. Platelet and fresh-frozen plasma administration was not significantly different for the autologous transfusion or control group.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Blood Banks
  • Blood Platelets
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Transfusion* / methods
  • Blood Transfusion, Autologous* / methods
  • Blood Transfusion, Autologous* / mortality
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures* / mortality
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia, Induced
  • Oxygenators
  • Plasma