Blood conservation has evolved into an important issue in hospital-based medicine. Increased awareness of and worry about transfusion-associated diseases have prompted a focus on this important area. New technologies, including continuous intraarterial monitoring devices, microchemical technologies, new drug development (recombinant human erythropaietin and aprotinin) and intraoperative salvage techniques have made the concept of clinically important blood conservation possible. In this article, the authors review clinically important areas regarding blood conservation, which are subsequently detailed in this issue of AACN Clinical issues. Emphasis is placed on the need for blood conservation in acute and critical care practice and the technologies available to achieve this goal.
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Blood Conservation| May 01 1996
Blood Conservation in Acute Care and Critical Care
Bart Chernow, MD, FACP;
From the Department of Medicine, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Reprint requests to Bart Chernow, MD, FACP, Professor and Program Director, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Program in Internal Medicine, 2401 West Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-5271.
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Eric Jackson, MD;
JoAnn Miller, RN;
AACN Adv Crit Care (1996) 7 (2): 191–197.
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Bart Chernow, Eric Jackson, JoAnn Miller, Jeff Wiese; Blood Conservation in Acute Care and Critical Care. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1996; 7 (2): 191–197. doi:
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