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Hospital able to recycle blood.

Recycling patients' blood is helping a North East hospital save supplies.

Wansbeck General Hospital has taken delivery of a new machine the OrthoPAT, which will be used during hip joint replacement operations for patients who wish to re-use their own blood.

The equipment was donated to Northumbria Healthcare Trust by the Jehovah's Witness, a religious sect which bans followers from using other people's blood.

Used in orthopaedic surgery, the machine suctions, washes and returns the patient's own blood which will also reduce the demand for supplies during surgery.

The machine, which costs pounds 11,000, is one of 30 which have been donated to hospitals across the country by the Jehovah's Witness Cellsaver Fund.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Paul Partington, said: "We are delighted to expand our orthopaedic cell salvage programme with this donated machine."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2004
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