Blood Management

Patient Blood Management Program

What is Patient Blood Management?

As defined by The Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, patient blood management is the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Although many patients are willing to provide consent for a potentially life-saving blood transfusion, they hope to avoid unnecessary transfusion. Taking steps to minimize or avoid transfusion is known as patient blood management.

Our team works together to improve patient care by employing the following blood management techniques:

  • Effective anemia management
  • Consistent use of strict transfusion triggers
  • Procedures to limit blood loss during hospital stay
  • Blood recycling/cell salvage during surgery
  • Continuous staff education and detailed audit of transfusion practices

Benefits of patient blood management may include:

  • Lower rates of the most serious complications following surgery, including heart attack, stroke and infection
  • Decreased risk of immunologic complications and allergic reactions
  • Conservation of limited blood supply

Although patient blood management may result in fewer transfusions, they are still reserved as an option when necessary. For patients who refuse blood transfusions under any circumstances, Phoenixville Hospital offers a Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program. To learn more about Patient Blood Management and/or our Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Programs, call (610) 983-1774.