What are the differences between blood management and bloodless care?
Bloodless care is for patients who decline a blood transfusion under any circumstance, whether it be for cultural, religious or personal reasons. Blood management is our broader program for patients who prefer to avoid a blood transfusion, if possible.
For both bloodless care and blood management patients, we utilize the same best practices to prevent anemia and minimize bleeding caused by surgery or illness. Together, you and our physician-lead team will develop a plan based on your individual needs.
The goal of ProMedica’s progressive blood management program is helping you avoid an unneccessary blood transfusion.
Reasons to avoid a blood transfusion when possible include:
- Decrease risk of infections
- Reduce exposure to viruses and other blood-borne diseases
- Shorten the length of your hospital stay
- Conserve our precious community resource
Why Trust ProMedica’s Blood Management Program?
One of the few programs in the country, ProMedica began its blood management program with a bloodless care program in 1993. For the past twenty years we have established ourselves as a leader of blood management and bloodless care in our region, our knowledgeable doctors are able to perform procedures such as open-heart, orthopaedic and gastrointestinal surgeries without the need for blood transfusions.
Our team includes an expert physician medical director and dedicated registered nurses. We offer a wide range of strategies to minimize blood loss and improve red blood cell production. Many treatments can take place at a ProMedica infusion center.
As an active member in the the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), we have access to the latest industry resources and techniques available to provide the best recommendations for you.
Often there are proactive steps that lessen or eliminate your need for a blood transfusion. These may include:
- Iron (oral or intravenous)
- B12, folic acid, vitamin C
- Nutritional education planning
- Synthetic erythropoietin
- Hemostatic drug therapy
- Intraoperative blood cell recovery and reinfusion
- Meticulous surgical technologies
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Thrombin and adhesives
- Volume expanders
- Erythropoietin and iron
- Minimal blood draws