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autotransfuse

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transitive verb au·to·trans·fuse \ -tran(t)s-ˈfyüz \

medical Definition of autotransfuse

autotransfused; autotransfusing
1 :to return (blood) to a patient's circulatory system after it is taken from or lost by the same patient
  • If possible shed blood should be collected and autotransfused back into the patient, although autotransfusion remains controversial for patients with vascular injuries of the abdomen and concomitant gastrointestinal injuries.
  • —Peter P. Lopez and Enrique Ginzberg, in Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence2008
2 :to subject (a patient) to autotransfusion
  • He plans to give patients 3 L of Ringer's lactate during surgery, or if necessary, autotransfuse them.
  • —Mark L. FuerstThe Journal of the American Medical Association10 June 1983

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