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Transfuse own blood in surgery, experts say

LOCAL authorities are encouraging hospitals to transfuse patients with their own blood, which can be stored beforehand and used during surgery to ensure safety, avoid adverse reactions and solve shortages for those with rare types of blood.

Patients with rare blood types such as RH negative often have long waits while hospitals search for enough blood for their surgeries.

A current case involves a patient coming from northeastern China's Jilin Province to Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital for a tumor surgery. She needs 3,000 milliliters of blood for the operation but her AB-negative blood type is rare - found in just one in 100,000 Chinese. She was discharged early this month pending more blood for her.

"We will do the surgery as soon as there is enough blood," said Zhang Mili, a hospital official.

The patient's family has collected 2,000 milliliters through storing her own blood, from the Shanghai Blood Center and her family members. They are seeking donations.

Local hospitals said self-blood transfusion is the best solution for such patients.

The Shanghai East Hospital said yesterday that a patient with AB-negative blood was discharged after a successful heart bypass during which she was transfused 800 milliliters of her own blood.

"Self-blood transfusion can greatly save limited blood resources, especially on rare types, and avoid possible infection," said Dr Liu Zhongmin, president of Shanghai East Hospital, which carried out 212 surgeries with self-blood transfusions between January and May.


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