Learn more from our Program Coordinator at 305-694-3446.
The Blood Conservation Program, which endeavours to minimize blood loss by using special blood conservation methods, is available upon request to any patient.
North Shore Medical Center, Main and FMC Campuses, has assembled a multidisciplinary team of skilled physicians and surgeons committed to blood conservation. They use state-of-the-art blood conservation devices, pharmaceuticals and meticulous surgical techniques to minimize blood loss during medical or surgical intervention.
Are 'Bloodless' Medical Procedures Safe?
Advances in equipment and technology have allowed physicians and surgeons to safely and successfully perform a multitude of procedures, ranging from routine to complex--without blood transfusions.
What Are The Benefits?
- Improved patient outcomes
- Possible reductions in complications and infections
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stays.
Our Frontline Technology
The Blood Conservation Program uses techniques, equipment and procedures to conserve blood loss during surgery. These include:
- Volume Expanders Intravenous fluids enhance the circulation of blood without the use of blood or blood products.
- EPO (Erythropoietin) A synthetic medication used to produce more red blood cells by stimulating bone marrow.
- Micro Sampling For lab tests, conserves blood by reducing the amount of blood tested and frequency of blood tests.
- Intra- and Post-Operative Blood Salvaging A technique to collect, clean and return your blood during and after surgery.
- Electrocautery A surgical device used to seal blood vessels during surgery, saving time and minimizing bleeding.
- Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Helps eliminate large incisions to reduce blood loss.
- Medications To help reduce blood loss by increasing clotting or controlling excessive bleeding.
- Dietary Information To help you be in the best possible preoperative condition.
What Is Bloodless Medicine and Surgery?
The Blood Conservation Program is for patients who desire medical care without use of donor blood during medical and surgical procedures. There are many reasons you may prefer a "transfusion-free" treatment method. You may have strong religious convictions that prevent you from receiving blood transfusions. Or you may have a personal preference against receiving donor blood due to the risk of blood-borne diseases or transfusions reactions.
Conservation is often associated with water or other natural resources. But it is also important when another precious community resource is involved – blood.
Approximately 12 million units of red blood cells and whole blood, eight million units of platelets, and three million units of plasma are transfused in the U.S. each year. Some patients would prefer to reduce or avoid the need for a blood transfusion due to personal or other reasons. This could be achieved in specific situations through blood conservation that requires using some of the latest drugs, technology and techniques to decrease blood loss.
Blood transfusion may be necessary in cases when there has been significant blood loss due to trauma or in certain types of surgeries, blood cells are destroyed by reactions of the immune system, or blood cell production decreases because of medications, chemotherapy or serious illness. Treatment options through blood conservation and management can help reduce exposure to viruses and other blood-borne diseases and potentially shorten the length of stay in the hospital.
For a free physician referral, please call 1-800-984-3434.