>> Narrator: Every year in the US, patients receive
21 million blood transfusions.
What if there was a better solution, with significantly
>> So nearly every surgical procedure involves some degree
of blood loss and traditionally, we give patients blood
from the blood bank.
However, another option exists, which is called Bloodless
Medicine and Surgery, where we use alternative
>> Narrator: Techniques performed before, during and after
surgery result in minimized blood loss, faster recovery,
fewer infections and quicker discharge.
Bloodless medicine eliminates the need for
a blood transfusion, thus avoiding the dangers
of allergic reaction, contamination and the possibility
of receiving the wrong blood type.
Before surgery, medication and nutritional supplements
increase hemoglobin levels, which help your body handle
blood loos during surgery.
A process called Hemodilution temporarily replaces
a portion of the patient's blood with fluids, lessening
the impact of blood loss during surgery.
Tools and techniques during surgery include anesthesia
processes to safely lower blood pressure, harmonic scalpels
clot the blood while cutting the tissue.
Cell salvage machines collect lost blood, wash it
and return it to the patient.
Hemoglobin monitors reduce the need to collect blood samples
to be sent to the lab.
After surgery, medications and techniques can minimize
bleeding and improve oxygen in the blood.
Often after surgery, blood must be drawn to run follow up
testing in the lab.
Microsampling requires 1/10th the amount of blood
traditionally drawn, reducing the amount of blood
patients lose by almost 90%.
At Johns Hopkins, our team of highly trained experts
have been providing patients alternatives and peace
of mind for years.