Whether due to religious convictions or concerns over the safety of blood transfusions, a growing number of people in our country are expressing an interest in bloodless medicine programs. AHN's comprehensive center at Allegheny General Hospital is a national leader, providing highly complex surgical procedures, such as organ transplantation, brain, vascular, gynecological, cardiac, orthopedic, and gastrointestinal surgery, without the necessity of transfusion.
The center relies on the expertise of physicians and other healthcare professionals who keep abreast of current developments in transfusion-free medicine in order to provide skilled, respectful care to all patients.
Allegheny Health Network recognizes the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach to Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. Instead of just individual physicians working with patients, a coordinated approach is established.
This hospital employee's job includes making sure that your wishes are clearly understood by all members of the medical staff. They serve as a resource to the staff both in understanding your wishes and in coordinating with physicians and services in the hospital so as to meet your needs.
The coordinator serves as a valuable resource to the medical team. The Bloodless Medicine Coordinator is your personal advocate for receiving bloodless care. The Bloodless Medicine Service can help you find experienced physicians to meet your needs.
Over time a Bloodless Medicine program impacts the culture of an institution. As the hospital staff meets the challenges of caring for patients who decline transfusion, they begin to take pride in their ability to provide a higher level of care for these patients, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Appreciative patients reinforce this cycle. Patients receiving care in a mature Bloodless Medicine program often note that the way their needs are met surpasses their expectations.