Minimising blood loss and transfusion in contemporary hip and knee arthroplasty

C. D. Watts, M. W. Pagnano

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Despite advances in contemporary hip and knee arthroplasty, blood loss continues to be an issue. Though blood transfusion has long been used to treat post-operative anemia, the associated risks are well established. The objective of this article is to present two practical and effective approaches to minimising blood loss and transfusion rates in hip and knee arthroplasty: the use of antifibrinolytic medications such as tranexamic acid and the adoption of more conservative transfusion indications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Volume94 B
Issue number11 SUPPL.A
StatePublished - Nov 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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