What were the cost analysis findings of autotransfusion for liver transplantation?

Updated: Apr 19, 2019
  • Author: Vanessa A Olcese, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ron Shapiro, MD  more...
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Liver transplantation is a very expensive undertaking, of which blood products may represent a variable portion.

A cost analysis of blood salvage and autotransfusion for 70 orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) procedures performed during the years 1993-1994 showed that the average charge for autotransfusion was $1048 per patient, compared with a mean transfusion cost of $428 per patient. [44]

When larger volumes of blood loss are encountered, cell-saver use is economical.


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