The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
Caring For Patients Who Cannot Be Transfused
The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at UPMC has been established to care for patients who are unable to accept blood transfusions for religious or ethical reasons or out of concern for blood safety.
The center offers guidance to physicians and their patients on appropriate blood management strategies. UPMC is a leader in this field, and the center operates in collaboration with the UPMC Patient Blood Management Committee.
In addition, the center is positioned to provide consultations for the development of treatment plans for patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses or members of other religious denominations that refuse blood products.
“Physicians at all UPMC facilities are invited to use the resources of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery to accurately assess the specific wishes of their patients who decline transfusions. A consult by the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery also can assure such patients that their refusal of transfusions will be addressed with dignity and respect,” says Perry Doebler, the center’s director.