Joint replacement: hidden blood loss

Blood loss during hip- or knee-replacement surgery is far greater than appreciated, according to a UK study. The researchers found that as much as half of the blood lost during these joint-replacement operations is hidden and that, on average, haemoglobin levels fell by as much as 3 g/dL (J Watch, 2004; 24: 104).

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