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Should the cell saver be left set up in case of an emergency

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I was wondering if it is against recommendations to leave the cell save set up in case of an emergency.

Thanks,

Twana Farris, RN CNOR
asked Oct 28, 2013 in Conditions and Treatments by anonymous
recategorized Oct 28, 2013 by LarryEitel

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In my opinion the simple answer "it is probably against recommendations" for the following reasons.

1. Unit can get contaminated -thus would need cleaning before use. No time saved- time would be lost.

2. Unit maybe in the way and get damaged. No time saved.

3 Unit maybe needed someplace else - not sitting "Just In Case". It is a valuable tool.

There maybe other reasons too.

Now having said that, Having cell salvage unit ready to be set up quickly, all supplies on hand, to what ever ER room it is needed is the way to go, in my mind.
answered Oct 29, 2013 by pnutts (1,820 points)

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