Cell Saver for Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery Reduces Cost

International Spine Study Group

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Study Design Retrospective cohort. Objectives To determine if the use of cell saver reduces overall blood costs in adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery. Summary of Background Data Recent studies have questioned the clinical value of cell saver during spine procedures. Methods ASD patients enrolled in a prospective, multicenter surgical database who had complete preoperative and surgical data were identified. Patients were stratified into (1) cell saver available during surgery, but no intraoperative autologous infusion (No Infusion group), or (2) cell saver available and received autologous infusion (Infusion group). Results There were 427 patients in the Infusion group and 153 in the No infusion group. Patients in both groups had similar demographics. Mean autologous infusion volume was 698 mL. The Infusion group had a higher percentage of EBL relative to the estimated blood volume (42.2%) than the No Infusion group (19.6%, p <.000). Allogeneic transfusion was more common in the Infusion group (255/427, 60%) than the No Infusion group (67/153, 44%, p =.001). The number of allogeneic blood units transfused was also higher in the Infusion group (2.4) than the No Infusion group (1.7, p =.009). Total blood costs ranged from $396 to $2,146 in the No Infusion group and from $1,262 to $5,088 in the Infusion group. If the cost of cell saver blood was transformed into costs of allogeneic blood, total blood costs for the Infusion group would range from $840 to $5,418. Thus, cell saver use yielded a mean cost savings ranging from $330 to $422 (allogeneic blood averted). Linear regression showed that after an EBL of 614 mL, cell saver becomes cost-efficient. Conclusion Compared to transfusing allogeneic blood, cell saver autologous infusion did not reduce the proportion or the volume of allogeneic transfusion for patients undergoing surgery for adult spinal deformity. The use of cell saver becomes cost-efficient above an EBL of 614 mL, producing a cost savings of $330 to $422. Level of Evidence Level III.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalSpine Deformity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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  • Adult spine deformity
  • Blood management
  • Cell saver
  • Cost-effectiveness


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