Bloodless Medicine - FAQs

What is bloodless care?

The term bloodless indicates "transfusion free" medicine, but does not mean that there will be no bleeding during an operative procedure. Our Program provides you with the best possible medical and surgical care without the use of blood or its derivatives. This is accomplished by way of non-blood management through alternatives that your health care team will follow respecting your beliefs and convictions.

How is bloodless care different?

In general, bloodless care does not mean instituting new medical procedures. Bloodless care means selecting oxygen-carrying capability of the blood. Bloodless therapies utilized are accepted standard protocols of care for minimizing blood loss. All interested patients will receive information and counseling on the risks of refusing blood and blood products. Selected research protocols will be considered for interested patients.

Are you a candidate for bloodless medical or surgical care?

Every patient who chooses to refuse or avoid blood or blood products is a potential candidate for bloodless medical or surgical care. Each patient's situation is reviewed with his or her physician to ensure an appropriate final decision.

Why should you go into the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program?

The program provides you an alternative method of treatment with implementation of non-blood management. At University Hospital, our staff is continually perfecting its knowledge and skills in limiting the lost of blood while providing state-of-the-art medical care. As a patient in our Program you can be confident that you will have access to the full range of bloodless therapies and that your caregivers are committed to complying with your wishes to the fullest extent possible.