Blood Conservation in Cardiopulmonary Transplantation

  • Nabeel G. El-Amir
  • Justin S. Kang
  • Craig R. Smith


In 1964 performance of a valve replacement without transfusion was a reportable event.1 The rapid growth of cardiac surgery in the late 1970s placed increasing demands on the blood supply, leading to a proportional increase over the next decade in literature describing techniques for blood conservation in routine cardiac surgery.2–5 It was logical that these techniques would be applied to cardiac transplant as that procedure entered a period of exponential growth in the 1980s, and it was not long before case reports marked the performance of cardiac transplants without blood or blood products in Jehovah’s Witnesses.6,7


Transplant Recipient Heart Lung Transplant Blood Conservation Thoracic Transplant Shed Mediastinal Blood 
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  • Nabeel G. El-Amir
  • Justin S. Kang
  • Craig R. Smith

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