The MultiCare Transfusion Free Medical and Surgical Program offers:
- The commitment of the hospital staff to provide high-quality medical and surgical care with respect for a patient’s informed decision not to use blood products.
- Administrative and staff support of the patient’s wish to avoid a blood transfusion and the physician’s commitment to the patient’s health care choice.
- Pre-determined practice guidelines and clinical pathways.
- Scientifically sound practices to minimize blood loss.
- On-going education on developments in bloodless medicine and surgery for staff, physicians, patients, and the community.
- Reduced risk associated with blood transfusions.
- Minimized suppression of the immune system.
- Potential to decrease patient length of stay and reduce infectious complications.
- Respect for patient preferences.
Modern Medical Technology
- Blood conservation techniques are used when collecting blood specimens for analytic testing to dramatically reduce the amount of blood drawn.
- Intra-operative blood salvage (cell saver) and Hemodilution collects, cleans and returns the patient’s own blood to them during surgery.
- Electrocautery, harmonic scalpel, and laser technology devices are used during surgery to control bleeding.
- Synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
- Medications are given to increase the patient's blood volume.
Commitment to Quality Care The mission of the MultiCare Transfusion Free Medical and Surgical Program is to provide quality, effective health care while respecting the dignity, values and beliefs of all persons.
For more information, please call 253-697-2722.