3.1 The Institute has produced interventional procedures guidance on intraoperative blood cell salvage in obstetrics.
3.2 NHS Blood and Transplant recommend use of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology's 'Guidelines for policies on alternatives to allogeneic blood transfusion' in relation to preoperative autologous blood transfusion.
The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the overview.
NICE has produced information on this procedure for patients and carers ('Understanding NICE guidance'). It explains the nature of the procedure and the guidance issued by NICE, and has been written with patient consent in mind.