Patient Blood Management Program

Brandywine Hospital provides an innovative approach to blood management using safe and effective transfusionfree medical and surgical techniques to reduce the risks of blood transfusions, improve results and respect the needs of patients for whom blood transfusion is not an option.

Medical benefits of patient blood management and bloodless surgery

There is scientific evidence that suggests that patients who avoid transfusions have fewer complications, faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays. Benefits of patient blood management may include:

  • Lower rates of the most serious postoperative complications, including heart attack, stroke and infections
  • Decreased risk of immunologic complications and allergic reactions
  • Less exposure to blood-borne viruses and infections

I am having surgery. What can I expect?

Before surgery:
Based on the results of a patient’s blood test, doctors may recommend a regimen of medications and dietary supplements to help maintain optimal levels of hemoglobin (an oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells).

After surgery:
Blood loss will be minimized and blood production enhanced through medication and technology and by reducing the amount of blood testing.

How can I be sure I receive bloodless care?

The specially trained staff of the Bloodless Medicine & Surgery Program provides patients with information and counseling on bloodless care and assists them in completing appropriate documents. Individuals are then identified as “NO BLOOD TRANSFUSION” patients throughout their hospital stay, allowing physicians, nurses and other members of the healthcare team to honor this request.

For more information about the Patient Blood Management Program at Brandywine Hospital, call (610) 383-8487.