Blood Transfusion - 3 2013 (July - September)
Preoperative autologous blood donation in lower limb arthroplasty surgery: has the time come for its retirement?
Authors:  Manuel Muñoz, José A. García-Erce
Pages:  333-336
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2013; 11: 333-6
Doi:  10.2450/2013.0057-13
Published online:  07/05/2013

Given the progressive ageing of the population, an exponential increase in the number of elective lower limb arthroplasties is expected in forthcoming years. In this regard, data from the Spanish Federation of Healthcares Technology Companies (FENIN) indicate that some 30,000 total hip arthroplasties (THA) and 45,000 total knee arthroplasties (TKA) are performed annually in Spain1. Total lower limb arthroplasty is associated with significant perioperative blood loss and, even if a transfusion protocol is applied, up to 20-30% of patients receive allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT), with a mean transfusion index of two units of packed red cell per patient2. (...)
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