cell saver

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(intraoperative cell salvage device) a machine that aspirates blood lost during surgery and spins, washes, and filters it for retransfusion back into the patient’s body (see autotransfusion). The device is used in surgery that has significant blood loss, such as orthopaedic and vascular surgery, and avoids the costs and risks of allogeneic transfusion.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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