Patient Blood Management and the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at UPMC

Most patients are willing to provide consent for a potentially life-saving blood transfusion. At the same time, these patients would hope to avoid an unnecessary blood transfusion. Taking steps to minimize or avoid transfusion, if possible, is known as patient blood management.

For people who are unable to have blood transfusions, the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at UPMC offers guidance to doctors and their patients on blood management strategies.

Our six-point patient blood management plan focuses on ways to reduce blood transfusions. UPMC physicians, nurses, administrators, and support personnel work together to improve patient care by implementing these blood management techniques.

Helping Patients Communicate Their Bloodless Medicine Wishes

Patients at any UPMC facility may request the assistance of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery in communicating their wishes.

We encourage patients to talk to their doctors about steps they can take to reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions.

Not sure what to say? We can help.

We offer resources to support you when you're:

Learn more about the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery and other ways we can help both patients and doctors. Or contact us if you're interested in getting additional information about patient blood management.

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