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Cellmed Autologous Blood Service

What is Autotransfusion?

Autotransfusion, cell saving or autologous blood recovery, is the practice of reinfusing a patient’s own blood as an alternative to the use of donor (allogeneic) blood transfusions. The blood donor and recipient are the same during autotransfusion.

Why is an alternative to donor blood necessary?

Autotransfusion provides immediate benefits to the patient and surgical team. It uses a blood resource that would otherwise be lost. It also makes blood available for immediate use.

Autotransfusion is a safe and reliable cost effective method of returning red blood cells to the patient.

Autologous Blood Service

Specific Patient Benefits

Eliminates risk of transmission of infection

Eliminates transfusion related immunomodulation (TRIM)

Reduces the possibility of patients receiving incorrect blood

Provides a source of blood for those patients with religious objections to transfusions with banked blood

Reduces strain on donor blood supply

Intraoperative autotransfusion provides blood that has not been damaged by storage

Provides a source of blood for patients with rare blood groups or who have developed alloantibodies due to previous transfusion or pregnancy

When should Autotransfusion be considered for use?

Blood autotransfusion emergency service

When it's anticipated that the surgical blood loss will be ≥20% of the total blood volume in adults and ≥15% for paediatric patients.

When two units or more of blood are routinely cross-matched.

​In procedures where 15% or more of the patients require transfusion.

In procedures when mean transfusion volume exceeds two units.

Cellmed partners with


Risk Management


Blood Bank Personnel

Together we strive for the following objectives to relieving the hospital of a time consuming and labour intensive procedure.

Increasing patient safety

Aiding in the management of patients at risk from transfusion

Creating transfusion cost savings

Achieving consistency in transfusion practices

Optimising the use of blood and personel resources

Services offered

Cost effective comprehensive
autotransfusion service

Qualified Registered General Nurses

For service delivery with your own equipment


Equipment rental

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