About the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
In keeping with the belief that all persons need to be treated with dignity and respect, UPMC established the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery in 2010.
What We Do
The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at UPMC:
- Combines the principles of patient blood management with a culture of respect for the convictions and beliefs of individuals who are unable to accept blood transfusions for religious, ethical, or blood safety concerns.
- Offers guidance to physicians and their patients on appropriate blood management strategies. UPMC is a leader in this field, and the center operates in collaboration with the UPMC Patient Blood Management Committee.
- Provides consultations for developing treatment plans for patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses or members of other religious denominations that refuse blood products.
Although patient blood management is practiced throughout UPMC, we have Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center locations at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Passavant.
“Physicians at all UPMC facilities are invited to use the resources of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery to accurately assess the specific wishes of their patients who decline transfusions."
"A consult by the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery also can assure such patients that their refusal of transfusions will be addressed with dignity and respect,” says Perry Doebler, the center’s director.
Learn More About Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine