As the field of surgery advances and the conservative use of banked blood transfusion increases the need for postoperative autotransfusion has increased. By using the CATR, the patient's demands for blood can be more adequately met without causing further complications for the patient. This article presents one method for postoperative cardiothoracic autotransfusion and describes its advantages and risks. A Nursing Plan of Care is included.

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