Patient Blood Management Strategies and Techniques
Patient Blood Management strategies and techniques offered include:
- Preoperative correction of anemia. The use of nutrition, iron, vitamins, and pharmaceutical agents often can address anemia in patients requiring elective surgery.
- Intraoperative blood cell recovery and reinfusion. This technology is used to capture blood lost during surgery, clean it, and reinfuse it to the patient.
- Hemodilution. Blood is removed during surgery, replaced with intravenous fluids, and returned to the patient with the goal of reducing or eliminating the need for transfusions.
- Minimally invasive surgery and electrocautery. Smaller incisions and surgical instruments reduce blood loss.
- Thrombin and adhesives. Human-derived and synthetic products can support the body’s ability to clot and reduce bleeding.
Joint replacements, cancer surgeries, cardiac procedures, and organ transplants can be performed without the use of banked blood. Reducing the use of banked blood not only limits the patient’s potential exposure to blood-borne disease, but also helps to ensure adequate blood supplies for use in other patients.
Coordinators at the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery may be contacted at 1-877-674-7111.