Blood Conservation Program

Methodist Hospital is one of a few Nebraska hospitals offering a Blood Conservation Program.

Blood conservation is a comprehensive approach to patient care that reduces or eliminates the need for donor blood transfusions which results in reduced infection rates 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 employs 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

A surgical tool that uses sound waves to both cut tissue and seal vessels to minimize blood loss.

Acute normovolemic hemodilution

The 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

The process of keeping a patient's blood pressure below normal during surgery to minimize blood loss.

Platelet gel/sealant

Platelet Gel is 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.

Contact

Methodist Hospital Blood Conservation
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114

402-354-3981