Bloodless surgery and medicine for adults and children
Legacy respects the religious and personal convictions of every family in our community. That's why our bloodless surgery program exists - to provide medical care without transfusions to all appropriate patients.
Established in 1991, our internationally renowned Bloodless Surgery and Medicine Program is the oldest in the U.S., and serves all specialties of both adult and pediatric medicine. Our program has worked closely with the Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1991. The program is offered at all of our medical centers and supported by our medical directors, program coordinators and a large staff of caring, highly qualified physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. As a health care team, our goal is to take care of and respect each patient’s needs and concerns. We are proud to take care of our patients as a team and continue to be champions of Bloodless Surgery & Medicine guidelines and protocols. Within each specialty we are committed to patient safety and satisfaction. We are proud to offer many high-quality, safe and effective alternatives to blood transfusions. This allows Legacy to help the families who choose these alternatives to achieve the goal of optimum health care.
Patients and families are educated regarding blood fractions and alternatives on admission. Each patient will be individually assessed and treated for anemia before surgery or during their stay. Legacy medical team strives to optimize the physiological reserve of anemia and rigorous monitoring for bleeding and rapid treatment for patient safety.
Here are just a few of the technologies that make bloodless surgery possible:
Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution (ANH): a blood conservation technique used in the operating room by an anesthesiologist. Some blood is lost in the process of surgery, however, since this blood has been diluted, it is "thin" or has few cells and more liquid. The anesthesiologist returns the blood that was removed and has the ability to give back to the patient fresh, whole, cell-rich blood at the right time.
Albumin: A protein made in the liver and distributed through the body by the circulatory system. Albumin helps maintain or increase blood pressure and blood volume.
Blood Salvage: Intraoperative Cell Salvage, or "cell saver" machines collect and recycle blood lost in surgery.
Clotting Factors: Clotting factors are plasma that guide the thinning and clotting of blood.
Erythropoietin (EPO): A hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells in your bone marrow. Erythropoietin (synthetic) is made from a very small amount of albumin (0.01%), a protein fractionated from plasma donor blood. For individuals with religious objections to taking transfusions, EPO is a conscience matter.
Heart-Lung Machine: The heart-lung machine is used in heart surgery to recirculate and oxygenate the patient's own blood.
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For more information
To learn more about the Bloodless Surgery and Medicine Program, or to schedule an appointment:
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- Call 503-413-8396 or toll-free at 1-800-733-9952
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