The role of hemapheresis in autotransfusion

P. M. Fornasari

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Hemapheresis is a commonly used technique for single donor procedures of cell and/or plasma collection. In our blood center a new protocol was carried out to study the application of Hemonetics MCS3p to autotransfusion. PES and TAE protocols were applied: 40 patients for 'each branch and 40 as controls completed the protocol. In the TAE protocol, 2 units of red cell concentrate were collected at day 0, in the PES protocol 300 ml of plasma were added, while in the control group 400 ml of whole blood were collected. Complete blood cell count, clotting parameters, and the EPO level were tested. The two protocols (TAE and PES) prove effective and safe: no significant change was shown for the clotting time and factors, other hematological and plasma values were controlled:; the endogenous EPO doubles its value 24-h after the procedure and the difference compared to con-trois is highly significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Issue numberSUPPL. 6
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Autologous blood
  • Autotransfusion
  • Erythroapheresis
  • Erythropoietin
  • Hemapheresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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