Patient blood management is a patient-oriented approach to avoiding unnecessary blood transfusions. With patient blood management, multiple strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for transfusions are employed.
While patient blood management results in decreased transfusions, transfusions are still reserved as an option to be used when necessary in the patient’s care.
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.
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.
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.
Please join us for this free, virtual forum for individuals who desire a bloodless medicine and surgical approach during a pregnancy or for an upcoming surgery or medical procedure.
Johnathan Waters, MD
Mary Kay Wisniewski, MT, MA COM
UPMC Bloodless Medicine advocates will provide helpful tips to prepare personal choice documentation, and information about the most current strategies to support a seamless bloodless medicine and surgical experience.
Registration is required. Call 877-674-7111, option 1, or email BloodManagement@upmc.edu.
Please be sure to include your name, email address, and phone number, as well as number of guests, if more than one.
After receiving your registration, we’ll send a follow-up email that confirms your registration and provides details about joining the virtual meeting.