Intraoperative Cell Salvage

The Workstream

Intraoperative Cell Salvage (ICS) workstream encompasses two strategic aims of the NHS Wales Blood Health Plan:

  • Use evidence and data to inform planning, improve practice and reduce variability
  • Place safety and quality at the core of care reducing inappropriate use and supporting innovation

ICS is a key blood conservation strategy in surgical and obstetric practice, offering benefit to both the patient and the blood supply chain. There is great deal of work taking place across Wales in relation to ICS, but there is also opportunity to further standardise practice and care, to evidence effectiveness.

ICS was promoted to a Blood Health National Oversight Group (BHNOG) workstream in July 2022. The workstream is being led by Dr Louise Webster, Consultant Anaesthetist at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (AB UHB). The All-Wales ICS Network, a clinically focussed group with representation from every Health Board, is tasked with supporting and leading on the implementation and delivery of activity, which includes development of national guidance and Key Performance Indicators as part of this workstream.

If you are interested in finding out more about the workstream, or would like to get involved, please contact



ICS Communications