Blood Management

Blood Management offers our patients alternative approaches and uses numerous techniques to decrease blood transfusions throughout the hospital.

With patient safety as a priority, the reduction in the use of blood products has been triggered by several factors including:

  • Risks associated with transfusion of blood
  • Poor clinical outcomes associated with blood transfusions
  • Blood shortage
  • High cost of a blood transfusion
  • Patients’ demands

Blood Management encompasses pre-operative planning that includes anemia evaluation and treatment and intra-operative and post-operative management.

Pre-Operative Anemia Clinic

For a patient with chronic anemia (low red blood cell count) this program utilizes numerous treatments and therapies to optimize a patient’s red cell count prior to surgery. Techniques include:

  • Medical evaluation of anemia prior to surgery including a review of medication/herbal supplements
  • Use of iron and vitamin supplementation
  • Use of erythropoietin

Intra-Operative Management

During surgery, steps are taken to minimize blood loss. These techniques include:

  • Normovolemic hemodilution before surgery
  • Use of an intraoperative cell salvage device which collects, cleans and returns the blood to the patient
  • Surgical and anesthesia techniques to minimize bleeding

Post-Operative Management

The postoperative management includes:

  • Use of cell salvage techniques to collect blood from surgical drains
  • Use of iron, vitamins and erythropoietin therapy
  • Strategies to help an individual develop a greater tolerance to anemia
  • Standardized blood utilization practices

    Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
    94 Old Short Hills Road
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 322-5000
    RWJ University Hospital Rahway
    865 Stone Street
    Rahway, NJ 07065
    (732) 381-4200
    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
    1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    (732) 828-3000

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