AtlantiCare is one of about 50 U.S. hospitals that practices bloodless medicine and surgery as an alternative to transfusion.
What is Bloodless Surgery?
- A form of medical care that reduces and often eliminates the need for a blood transfusion.
- An acceptable solution for patients whose religion forbids blood transfusions.
- Since the blood being transfused is yours, you know its safe
- One visit to the hospital to donate your own blood is all it takes
- You decrease and often eliminate the need for a blood transfusion
- Your oxygen carrying capacity is increased by increasing your hemoglobin level and iron stores
Two medications are used in the bloodless medicine and surgery program:
- Venofer - an iron sucrose given by IV which bypasses the gut, avoiding diarrhea or constipation
- Epogen - a synthetic hormone similar to the hormone released by your kidneys; given by injection
Why Opt for Bloodless Surgery?
- The longer blood is stored, the less potent it is, so it’s benefit to you diminishes
- The significant decrease in the number of blood donors makes blood for transfusions less and less available, and more and more expensive
- Not only is the cost of blood transfusions high and climbing, but there are administrative add-on costs over and above the cost of blood
- You may refuse a blood transfusion for religious reasons
- You may suffer a negative reaction to a blood transfusio
- when someone else’s blood is used, there’s an increased risk of infection
Bloodless surgery helps with
- tissue repair
- new bone cell formation
- boosting your immune system
It’s used in both invasive and non-invasive medicine and surgery.