Autologous wound drains have no effect on transfusion rates following THA/TKA
Autologous wound drains have no effect on allogeneic blood transfusions in primary total hip and knee replacement: a three-arm randomised trialBone Joint J. 2014 Jun;96-B(6):765-71
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575 patients scheduled to receive primary THA or TKA were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups to determine the effect an autologous blood transfusion applied at two postoperative intervals had on blood transfusion rate. Patients had their drain removed after 6 or 24 hours, (following autologous blood reinfusion) or received no wound drainage at all. 41 patients received a transfusion by the end of ...
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