The Blood Management (Bloodless) Program at our hospital has been asked to oversee implementation of the new AABB guidelines for cell savers. The goal is to consistently ensure a high hematocrit product returned to the patient. Have any of you had any experience with developing the testing procedures? Also, who operates your cell savers during a procedure? Are they "certified"? If so, by whom? How often are your cell saver units tested for quality in the return product?
We appreciate any suggestions and information.