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18th September 2021, 08:54

GHA uses Cell Saver machine successfully during surgery for first time

The GHA has used the recently acquired Cell Saver machine successfully during surgery for the first time.

The device replaces the need for suction if blood is lost during surgery. It works by washing the patient’s own blood before preparing it and re-transfusing it back into the patient. This stops the patient’s blood from being wasted and means that they won’t require a transfusion from donated blood.

The process is said to greatly reduce the potential side effects of reactions related to standard blood transfusions, while also reducing the pressure on the blood bank. A Cell Saver can also be life-saving for people and communities who can’t accept transfusions for various reasons.

The GHA says it will use the Cell Saver routinely in major surgery and in emergency situations. The Minister for Health, Samantha Sacramento, said: ‘The GHA’s recent acquisition of a Cell Saver is extremely exciting. Patient safety and wellbeing is always the primary concern. This device greatly reduces the risks involved in blood transfusions and could potentially save lives. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this to fruition for the benefit of patients.’