Some people elect not to receive blood transfusions or blood products during
surgery. This approach is known as "bloodless medicine," and there are a number
of medical and ethical reasons why a patient might make this decision.
Bloodless medicine is an exciting field made possible by a growing number
of cutting-edge techniques. Many of these techniques are only available in
select medical centers that have the right equipment and clinical staff trained
in bloodless methods. If you want to know more, this guide explains how surgeries
can be safely performed without blood transfusions or major blood products.
- I. Is Bloodless Medicine For Me?
- Step 1: Introduction to the bloodless
- Step 2: The components of blood
- Step 3: Why people choose bloodless
- Step 4: Benefits and risks
- II. Undergoing Bloodless Surgery
- Step 5: Surgeries that can use
- Step 6: Preparing for bloodless
- Step 7: Strategies and techniques
- Step 8: Post-surgery
Review Date: 5/10/2007
Reviewed By: Corey Cutler, M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.P.C, Department of Medical Oncology,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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