Blood Conservation Program
Blood conservation is a comprehensive approach to patient care that strives to reduce or eliminate the need for donor blood transfusions. Upon admission, you will be asked to state your preference regarding blood transfusion. All patients are considered to be in the 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.
- 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.
To learn more about the Methodist Blood Conservation Program, contact the program coordinator at (402) 354-3981.