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Methodist Blood Conservation Program

Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital are proud to be included in the small number of Nebraska hospitals to offer a Blood Conservation Program.  Blood conservation is a comprehensive approach to patient care that reduces or eliminates the need for donor blood transfusions. Health benefits of a blood conservation program can include a reduced infection rate and shorter hospital stays.

Benefits of Blood Conservation

Working together, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff use specialized techniques and equipment to reduce blood loss and retain a patient's own blood during treatment.  The health benefits of blood conservation include:

  • Reduced complications (including reduced risk of infections, reactions, lowered immune response)
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less exposure to viruses
  • Reduction in donor blood transfusions

A Team Approach

Blood conservation brings together the patient and a team of health care professionals to manage the patient’s blood needs before, during and after a hospital stay. Our program uses:

  • State-of-the-art equipment, medication therapies and training
  • Integrated, multidisciplinary team approach
  • Proven technologies in place from pre-surgical planning through recovery

Blood Conservation Technologies

Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women's Hospital employ wide-ranging technologies that minimize blood loss while providing state-of-the-art care for our patients, including:

  • Cell saver
    Technology that captures and returns a patient's own blood during or after surgery.
  • Electrocautery
    Surgical instruments that use high temperatures to seal vessels and stop bleeding during surgery.
  • Harmonic Scalpel
    Surgical tool that uses sound waves to both cut tissue and seal vessels to minimize blood loss.
  • Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution
    Process of removing a portion of an individual's red blood cells, then replacing them with volume-expanding intravenous (IV) fluids that dilute the blood in order to reduce the loss of red blood cells during surgery.
  • Hypotensive Anesthesia
    Keeping a patient's blood pressure below normal during surgery to minimize blood loss.
  • Platelet Gel / Sealant
    A sealant made from one's own blood, used in the area of a surgical incision to help in healing.
  • Skin Monitors
    Devices that track the skin's oxygen levels during surgery.

Learn More

To learn more about the Methodist Blood Conservation Program, contact the program coordinator at  (402) 354-3981.

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