Definition : Devices designed to collect and reinfuse blood lost by a patient (i.e., perform an autologous transfusion). These units typically include vacuum suction and blood processing devices that use anticoagulants; they may reinfuse the blood directly into the patient after collection (i.e., whole blood recovery) or after a procedure that involves separation and washing of blood components (i.e., blood processing). Autotransfusion units are used mainly during surgery or in emergency and intensive care units after trauma.
Entry Terms : "Surgical Autotransfusion Units" , "Autologous Transfusion Units" , "Autotransfusers"
UMDC code : 10239