At Good Samaritan, doctors who provide transfusion-free medicine and surgery
use a variety of approaches to increase the margin of safety when they
treat patients surgically without blood transfusions. The process starts
with careful surgical planning.
In preparation for surgery, a patient may be given Erythropoietin (EPO),
iron and other medications to stimulate the bone marrow’s production
of red blood cells. Careful attention is given to each patient’s
history and physical examination, and special screening tests can be used
to identify bleeding tendencies early so they can be managed properly.
Advanced discussions between the surgeons, anesthesiologist, nurses, perfusionists,
technicians as well as other team members contribute to a smooth, successful
Techniques the surgical team employ to minimize blood loss include sutures,
electrocautery, lasers, an Argon beam coagulator and other hemostatic
devices; efficient, gentle methods of intraoperative blood salvage; controlled
hemodilution/ultrafiltration techniques to remove excess water; and pharmacological
agents that promote better coagulation. Regardless of the devices and
instruments used, meticulous technique is vital to avoiding blood loss.
For more information please contact our 24-hour hotline at (800) 977-7989.