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Bloodless Medicine and Surgery

Staten Island University Hospital is a leader in the development of innovative programs in medicine aimed at providing Bloodless Medicine and Surgery.

The Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program adds another advanced dimension of care for those patients who desire excellence in treatment while avoiding exposure to blood and blood products.

The Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program joins other nationally recognized programs at University Hospital that include fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, a multi-disciplinary team approach to the treatment of diabetics vascular and foot diseases, advanced laparendoscopic surgical techniques, and minimally-invasive breast biopsy.

Physicians at Staten Island University Hospital understand the importance of respecting patients' wishes to avoid blood products. They work closely with the Program's coordinator to assure that all patients, including Jehovah's Witnesses, are offered a treatment approach using alternatives to blood transfusion that are compatible with their religious beliefs and personal conscience. Our specialized approach to medical and surgical care provides a personalized treatment plan based on mutual understanding, respect and knowledge of the full range of bloodless medical and surgical alternatives.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

The Program's coordinator is both one of Jehovah's Witnesses and an experienced operating room nurse. As a Jehovah's Witness, she understands fully the religious and personal choices and goals of those patients who refuse blood products. As an operation room nurse, she is conversant with medical and surgical approaches to non-blood management. She will be personally involved with each patient treated in our program.

The Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program will offer not only current standard therapy but also cutting - edge research protocols designed to minimize the need for blood transfusion.

PREGNANT WOMEN and CHILDREN

Pregnant women and children may be treated through the Program. The hospital and its physicians will respect the woman's, the patients' or the patient’s legal guardian's choice to refuse treatment with blood and blood products, to the fullest extent possible.

Pursuant to New York State law, however, University Hospital and its physicians cannot guarantee that we will not use blood under all circumstances when treating children and pregnant women.

For more information, or to speak to the Coordinator of Staten Island University Hospital's Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program, call 1-888-682-5663 or 1-718-226-6792.

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