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August 18, 1978

Autologous Blood Loss

JAMA. 1978;240(7):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290070039009

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In the Dec 19 issue of The Journal, an abstract entitled "Autologous Blood in Open Heart Surgery" (JAMA 238:2737, 1977) from Harefuah 93:1-2, 1977, reported that 20 patients who received autologous blood transfusions lost 5% less blood than 27 patients who received homologous blood during comparable surgical procedures. In fact, the patients receiving autologous blood lost 45% less blood.