This monograph is derived from the proceedings of a colloquium conducted for the purpose of bringing to light the problems associated with maintaining our blood supply and,
more important, to point the way toward opportunities for their solution. A number of related topics are explored in this monograph. The
importance of establishing an institutional plan for blood conservation is documented. Autologous transfusion
as an alternative to the use of allogeneic blood in operative procedures is reviewed. Experiences with blood
conservation in specific procedures such as cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery and liver transplantation are presented. Finally, the benefits of employment of the unique properties of a serine protease inhibitor in
reducing bleeding and blood transfusion requirements in surgery are examined.
Walter Landers, President and owner of Photon Communications, Inc. is a medical and science writer with over 30 years experience in the health care field. In 2003 he founded Photon Communications and has written many medical monographs, news publications, educational slide programs, clinical papers, symposia and medical meeting reports. He seeks free lance writing assignments in his areas of expertise that encompass a variety of medical disciplines.