The Truth About Autotransfusion 

The truth is autotransfusion safely outperforms donor blood transfusions and significantly reduces costs for your hospital, clinic, or medical facility. SpecialtyCare is the leading choice for OR support services, helping you build an operating room of excellence. Our team of experts is consistent, participating in annual clinical competency testing and providing quality data reports with benchmarking capabilities. 

The Advantages of Autotransfusion

Donated blood transfusions cost between $525 – $1,185 per 500ml unit of blood, can take up to 25 minutes to get the blood from the blood bank to the patient, and can extend the length of stay up to three days. Autotransfusion safely replaces the practice of donor blood transfusions, outperforming this method financially and in terms of patient care. Autotransfusion provides a quick solution when blood is needed. 

This practice uses a patient’s red blood cells, which can be returned within 3-5 minutes during a procedure. When a patient receives autotransfusion, an immune response is unlikely. They also have a decreased risk of infection and morbidity. Autotransfusion also limits the use of blood bank reserves, shortens the length of stay, lowers costs, and improves patient outcomes. 

Additionally, allogenic blood transfusions don’t require compatibility testing and decrease the possibility of the patient needing a post-operative donated blood transfusion. Free hemoglobin is washed out during the procedure, eliminating an overload on the kidneys, and autotransfusion helps maintain the patient’s HCT levels intra-operatively and post-operatively. 

SpecialtyCare Autotransfusion Services

The SpecialtyCare Autotransfusion team partners with hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities by seamlessly integrating with your staff to provide consistent, reliable, and high-quality care. We strive to understand your business, anticipate your needs, and continually provide recommendations to improve your patient blood management program. 

We’re the leading provider of outsourced OR support services, participating in nearly 25,000 autotransfusion procedures every year and supporting 2,500 physicians in over 400 hospitals nationwide. We specialize in perfusion, intraoperative neuromonitoring, autotransfusion, sterile processing consulting, surgical assist, and minimally invasive surgical support. Our highly-trained and certified clinical specialists help build operating rooms of excellence so you can focus on what matters most — the patient. 

Our SpecialtyCare team ​meets the standards and recommendations established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), The Joint Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the AABB. To schedule a case, please call Central Scheduling at 800-521-9757.

About SpecialtyCare

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