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Why Use Autotransfusion?

Pacific Biomedical’s Autotransfusion division is fast becoming an industry leader in providing quality cellsaver services in the regions we serve. The hospitals and surgical centers that utilize our services will agree that our technicians provide professional services in a timely manner.

There is an alternative to receiving bank or donated blood, this procedure is known as Autotransfusion (cellsaver). Autotransfusion technologies have been available for over 30 years and have been proven safe alternatives for patient blood needs. They remove the risk of infectious disease and ensure that the blood type is a perfect match. The risk of allergic reactions is drastically reduced. Autotransfusion (cellsaver) is the process of recovering blood shed during surgery, processing it via a cellsaver machine that collects shed blood from the patient, processes it through a centrifuge technology capturing just the Red Blood Cells (RBCs). The machine then washes and filters the patient’s own RBCs which are then re-infused back to the patient’s circulatory system. Because the blood is re-circulated, there is no limit to the amount of blood the patient can receive. There is also no risk of contracting outside diseases, since the patient is receiving their own blood. This process can be used in most surgeries.

  • Complications of using alogeneic (donated blood).
  • Infectious diseases, such as HIV, West Nile Virus, and Hepatitis, can be contracted.
  • Bacterial infection and Sepsis can develop. Risk of allergic reactions and incompatibility, such as Anaphylaxis and TA-GvHD.
  • Shortages, particularly with rare blood types or antibody types that can postpone surgical procedures.
  • Religious beliefs that can prohibit patients from receiving donor blood, thus rendering them ineligible for many surgical procedures.
  • Autotransfusion Services

Intraoperative Cell Salvage

is the process of recovering blood shed during surgery, processing it via a cellsaver and then returning for re-infusion to the patient. This is performed with a cell saver machine that collects shed blood from the patient, processes it through a centrifuge technology capturing just the Red Blood Cells (RBCs). The machine then washes and filters the patient’s own RBCs which are then re-infused back to the patient’s circulatory system. Because the blood is re-circulated, there is no limit to the amount of blood the patient can receive. There is also no risk of contracting outside diseases, since the patient is receiving their own blood. This process can be used in most surgeries.

Postoperative Cell Salvage

is identical to Intraoperative Cell Salvage, except that it is conducted after surgery rather than during. The patient’s blood is collected from the surgical wound via sterile drains and then processed and re-infused. This process is normally performed in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) recovery room.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) / Autologous Platelet Gel (APG)

is exactly what the name suggests: a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Platelets are tiny cells that are partially responsible for blood clotting (the process that stops a wound from bleeding) and are critical to healing. PRP/A:G allows the body to heal faster and more efficiently by taking advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. After it is wounded, surgically or otherwise, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and the release of growth factors into the wound. The growth factors help the body repair itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate or create new tissue. The more growth factors concentrated into the wound, the more stem cells are stimulated to produce new tissue. As PRP/APG is a byproduct of the patient’s own blood, there is absolutely no risk of disease transmission.