The MultiCare Transfusion Free Program offers:
- The commitment of hospital staff to provide high-quality medical and surgical care with respect for a patient’s informed decision to not receive 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.
- Scientifically sound, evidence-based practices to minimize blood loss.
- Ongoing 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 when collecting blood specimens for analytic testing to dramatically reduce the amount of blood drawn.
- Intra-operative blood salvage (cell saver) to continuously clean and return the patient’s own blood to them during surgery.
- Electrocautery, harmonic scalpel, and laser technology devices used during surgery to control bleeding.
- Use of different acceptable medications to promote blood clotting, to stimulate the production of red blood cells, and to increase the patient's blood volume.
A Commitment to Quality Care
The mission of the MultiCare Transfusion Free Program is to provide quality, effective health care while respecting the dignity, values and beliefs of all persons.