Blood management is the appropriate provision and use of blood and its components and derivatives. It includes strategies to reduce or avoid the need for a blood transfusion.
For decades, doctors have been meeting the needs of patients who refuse blood transfusions. Recognizing certain benefits that these patients enjoyed, the field of blood management has developed over the past 10 years.
Blood management is associated with many benefits, such as:
The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at UPMC uses several patient blood management strategies and techniques.
UPMC has a six-point blood management program that is being implemented at each of its hospitals, and UPMC physicians have been at the forefront of physician education in patient blood management.
For further information, call the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery toll-free at 1-877-674-7111.