Public invited to learn more about bloodless medicine, surgery

March 20, 2014


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital will host an afternoon of information for the public about bloodless medicine and surgery from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, located on the ground floor of the hospital at 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick.

During “Getting to Know Blood Products and Fractions: An Overview,” physicians, pharmacists and blood bank representatives will share information and answer questions related to the origin and use of each product and fraction.  An overview of the Saint Peter’s Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program and of the system’s commitment to bringing excellent patient-centered care to the community will also be presented.

Please contact Marcie Colon, coordinator of the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program, at 732-745-8600, Ext. 7869, for more information about the program.

Saint Peter’s launched a bloodless medicine program in January to meet the religious, medical and personal beliefs of patients who opt not to have transfusions. Patient blood management is a hospital-wide effort in which a healthcare team of physicians, nurses, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians and support staff works to assess and address each patient’s blood-management needs. Patients decline to receive blood or blood products during medical treatment, especially surgery, for various reasons. Some, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, object due to religious beliefs, while others do so as a result of healthcare concerns, knowledge of potential complications, or other personal convictions.

The April 12 event is free and registration is not required.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

 Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

 The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and  is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s, please visit or call 732-745-8600

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