Answer: Blood from patient needs to be
- processed/collected in a sterile, filtered reservoir,
- centrifuged, which separates and concentrates higher density RBCs
- washed – with an isotonic solution, and
Salvaged blood should be washed. Unwashed salvaged blood has residual anticoagulant, dysfunctional platelets, thrombogenic substances, free hemoglobin levels, and fat emboli.