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Bloodless Medicine

fig1Patient blood management (PBM) is the use of scientifically based medical and surgical techniques aimed at conserving a patient's own blood and minimizing or avoiding the need for the transfusion of donor blood components. To meet the religious, medical and personal beliefs of patients who opt not to have transfusions, Saint Peter's University Hospital provides patients with a bloodless medicine program.  
At Saint Peter's, patient blood management is a hospital-wide effort. A healthcare team of physicians, nurses, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians and support staff works to assess and address each patient's blood management needs. Howard Lakritz, MD, chairman of Anesthesiology at Saint Peter's heads the program.

Our use of safe and effective transfusion-free medical and surgical techniques reduces the many risks that are associated with blood transfusions. Our goals are to improve patient outcomes, respect the needs of patients for whom blood transfusion is not an option, and educate other medical professionals in how patient blood management can improve medical and surgical outcomes for patients.

The practice of patient blood management and bloodless surgery (link here to the surgery page)  involves a combination of medical and surgical techniques, as well as technology and behavioral strategies to decrease blood loss and enhance a patient's own blood supply.

There is strong scientific evidence that, overall, patients who avoid transfusions have fewer complications, faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays. Specific benefits of organized patient blood management  include:

• Lower rates of the most serious postoperative complications, including heart attack, stroke, and infections. 

• Decreased risk of immunological complications and allergic reactions 

• Less exposure to blood-borne viruses and infections 

• No risk of receiving the wrong blood type

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Bloodless Medicine
Tana Menafro, RN-BC, CNML
(732) 339-7869

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