oa South African Medical Journal - The use of heparinized blood in open-heart surgery - a review of 250 cases

Volume 36, Issue 44
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A variety of anticoagulant-preservative solutions are available for the collection of donor blood intended for extracorporeal circulation� recently, pump oxygenators have been primed with the patient's own blood or with substitutes for blood. Fresh heparinized blood is, by common consent, the best priming fluid, but organizational problems in donor bleeding and laboratory management of pretransfusion blood-grouping tests have persuaded many centres to adopt other programmes for handling blood.

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