Geisinger Health System established a Blood Conservation Program in 2004 in response to growing concerns about the safety and availability of our nation’s blood supply. Geisinger Health System’s Blood Conservation Program, also known as bloodless medicine and surgery and patient blood management, is a pro-active, integrated, system-wide program that standardizes and utilizes modalities and protocols in the conservation of blood, thus reducing the use of transfused blood. The program allows you to avoid blood transfusions based on religious, political, or personal objections.
Geisinger is the first healthcare system in the region to utilize these techniques in an organized approach to medical care. This approach permits doctors to care for you by reducing or eliminating the use of transfused blood or blood components because you are able to retain your own blood during treatment. This approach also speeds up your healing and recovery. Physicians from every discipline have been specially trained and practice Blood Conservation. Everyone you come in contact with – from the admissions staff, nurses and medical laboratory specialist to our physicians are aware of your choice to use blood conservation techniques.
Geisinger Health System’s Blood Conservation Program is modeled after the Patient Blood Management Matrix1 from the Society for Advanced Blood Management.
All four components are used together to care for our patients, thus improving patient outcomes such as decreased hospital length of stay, decreased infection, and decreased mortality.
1. Society for the Advancement of Blood Management. (2012). http://www.sabm.org/learning-resources