Autologous Blood Operation Salvage

CPT code 86891 is used for the collection and salvage of a patient's own blood during surgical procedures for potential reinfusion.


CPT code:



Category I


Pathology and Laboratory


Transfusion Medicine



This code is crucial in the field of transfusion medicine and surgery, as it covers the collection and processing of autologous blood during operative procedures, with the specific aim of minimizing the necessity for allogeneic blood transfusions. The collected autologous blood is salvaged and can be subsequently reinfused into the patient, thereby reducing the demand for external blood sources and the associated risks.

Under what category does Autologous Blood Operation Salvage fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Autologous Blood Operation Salvage?

Per procedure


Modifiers can be applied as needed to specify particular details of the procedure.

Clinical use

This code is clinically useful in surgical procedures where there is potential blood loss, and the collected autologous blood can be salvaged and reinfused to minimize the need for allogeneic transfusions.


Proper documentation includes patient information, surgical procedure details, the amount of salvaged blood, and the reinfusion process. Comprehensive record-keeping is crucial for effective surgical care.

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