The Blood Conservation Program - Surgery without fear
The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center's Departments of Anesthesiology and
Surgical Services have together launched their new Blood Conservation program, thus avoiding
the need for donor transfusions. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Brookdale can now collect
blood previously lost during surgical procedures, recycle it and immediately reinfuse it directly to
The goal of The Blood Conservation Program was to eliminate or reduce the use of donor blood
during surgical procedures, thus avoiding potential transfusion reactions. Specific protocols have
been developed to accommodate those patients who, whether for religious convictions or
personal objections refuse blood transfusions. Once enrolled in the program, patients are identified as such for the duration of their stay. Every effort is made to minimize blood loss, while reducing or eliminating the need for a blood transfusion.
The entire healthcare team is committed to non-blood management strategies of their patients enrolled in the Blood Conservation Program. The highest quality care is provided while ensuring that patient's' rights and wishes are respected and honored.
Components of an integrated comprehensive strategy for blood conservation that employs various technological advances include:
Bloodless Surgery Station (BSS™) - This is a surgical suction and collection device that permits the gentle collection of intraoperatively shed blood for reinfusion after filtration.
Cell Saver - This is a unique collection device that permits the surgical team to collect, wash and return the safest blood product - the patient's own blood.
Hemodilution/Sequestration - Blood can be removed from the patient directly in the operating suite on the day of surgery, potentially eliminating the need to pre-donate. The volume removed is replaced with a crystalloid or colloid solution which enhances circulation. The collected blood is then reinfused immediately after surgery.
Synthetic Erythropoietin - A pharmacological agent that stimulates bone marrow to produce an increase in red cell mass before surgery. The blood loss that occurs during surgery is offset by the increase in red cell mass.
Platelet Gel - This is a hemostatic or clotting agent that is derived from the patient's own blood. It acts as a wound sealant, thus minimizing blood loss and helping to achieve hemostasis. Additionally, the platelet gel aids in the healing process by enhancing collagen formation.
Micro Sampling - Extremely small volumes of blood are withdrawn from the patient rather than the larger quantities routinely drawn for laboratory sampling.
Electrosurgical Coagulator/Electrocautery -This is a meticulous surgical technique that limits internal bleeding by clotting the patient's blood during surgery by using heat to stop vessels from oozing, thus enhancing hemostasis.
You can enroll in the Blood Conservation Program for various types of surgery, including: Thoracic, Vascular, Orthopedic, Urologic, OB/GYN, Trauma, Neurological, and General.
Brookdale is strongly committed to safeguarding the health and promoting the personal integrity of all its patients. If you are considering an elective surgical procedure in the near future and would like to obtain more information about the Blood Conservation Program, please call us at (718) 240-5843 on weekdays between 7:30A.M. and 4:00P.M. to speak with a coordinator. We will be happy to provide additional information and answer any questions you might have.