Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
What is Bloodless Medicine and Surgery?
Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (BMS) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to providing quality health care to patients who seek treatment without the use of blood transfusions. BMS involves a combination of blood conservation techniques during treatment and a dedicated post-operation schedule between the patient and their surgical provider for optimal health outcomes. There are providers across Crystal Run Healthcare’s specialties that can assist patients who require a BMS approach for their treatment.
Blood conservation techniques
Blood conservation techniques form the basis of the practice of BMS, and may be grouped under four basic categories or “pillars”:
- Optimizing the Hematocrit – using qualified forms of iron therapy to increase the patient's tolerance to blood loss prior to surgery
- Minimizing blood loss – examining the patient's medical history to make an informed decision towards treatments and utilizing nonoperative strategies to decrease the potential for blood loss during treatment
- Optimizing tissue oxygenation – if surgery is needed, then involve treatment plans during surgery and post-operation to maintain and increase the patients’ oxygen supply for faster recovery
- Lowering the ‘Transfusion Trigger’ (tolerance of anemia) - Lowering the transfusion trigger from 10g/dl to 7g/dl in critically ill patients in intensive care reduced red cell unit transfusions by 54% and improved clinical outcomes
At Crystal Run Healthcare, several specialties can utilize a BMS approach to treatment, including:
If you or a loved one are seeking BMS care, call 845-703-6999 today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers who practice Bloodless Medicine and Surgery.