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Hsiu-Lan Liao, Chao-Long Chen, Chih-Hsien Wang, Chi-Ling Chen, Chia-Jung Huang, Kwok-Wai Cheng, Chih-Chi Wang, Allan M. Concejero, Shir-Hor Wang, Yueh-Wei Liu, Kailash Jawade, Shao-Chun Wu, Bruno Jawan
Ann Transplant 2011; 16(1): 34-38
Background: In liver transplantation, blood loss can be massive, requiring timely and rapid fluid resuscitation. Maintaining proper documentation of fluids during such situations can be difficult and may often lead to counting errors. We report our method of documentation of fluid management during liver transplantation.
Matreial/Methods: Each unit of red blood cells (125 cc) that comes from the blood bank had a serial number of 10 Arabic numbers which were verified and double-checked. Each unit was then numbered and labeled as encircled absolute numbers (e.g., 1, 2, 3). Both the encircled number and the serial number of the bag were recorded in the anesthesia chart. Each liter of crystalloids and colloids were similarly numbered and labeled in sequence for ease of calculation. At the end of the operation, the nurse anesthetist ascertains that the number of units of blood products used matched with the number of units supplied by the blood bank. The total amounts of crystalloids and colloids given during the operation was also calculated, rechecked and written in a tabulated form.
Results: Since the introduction of this method, we have detected and readily corrected 3 incidences of counting discrepancy in the total units of blood products transfused and the products supplied by the blood bank. Moreover, our records have now become transparent data that are easily retrievable for future scientific research.
Conclusions: Our method of documentation of fluid management during liver transplantation is easy, accurate and effective.