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AUTOTRANSFUSION )))) AT Techniques

IMI clinical staff joins the surgical team in the operating room to provide autotransfusion services before and during surgical procedures. Using the medical industry's most trusted equipment, such as Cell Saver and OrthoPAT, the blood lost during and after surgery is collected, cleaned and recycled back into the patient's body as needed. Hence, the risk of allergic reaction is drastically reduced, even after surgery, since all of the blood in the patient's body is the patient's own.

Blood Transfusion
 
  

The AT services we provide include:

  • Intraoperative Cell Salvage, the process of recovering blood lost in a surgery and preparing it to be returned to the patient. This is performed with a cell saver machine that collects the blood the patient loses and spins it to capture just the Red Blood Cells (RBCs). The machine then washes, filters the patient's own RBCs which are then returned 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 the same process as Intraoperative Cell Salvage, except that it is conducted after, rather than during the surgery. The patient's blood is collected from the surgical wound in sterile tubes. This process is usually performed in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) recovery room, although it can also be performed in a patient's hospital room, if necessary.
  • 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/APG 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.
  • Fibrin Glue is a pasty substance made from the patient's own blood and applied directly to a wound to stop bleeding that cannot be controlled by other means. Fibrin glue is very useful in several areas of surgical treatment, especially where sutures cannot stop the bleeding.

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