The Blood Management Program located at Lankenau Medical Center just outside of Philadelphia is one of only a few in the region that offers treatment plans tailored to each patient based on medical needs and personal preferences.

What is blood management?

Patient blood management is the use of safe and proven medical and surgical techniques which may reduce or eliminate the need for a blood transfusion.

What is transfusion-free medicine?

Transfusion-free medicine is medical or surgical treatment that does not use stored blood products. Advances in surgical and nonsurgical approaches enable doctors to safely perform many procedures without the need for transfusion.

Advantages of transfusion-free medicine

  • Exposure to blood-borne diseases from donor blood is reduced.
  • The risk for hospital-acquired infections is lowered.
  • The length of hospital stay is shortened.

Lankenau Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in the region to offer patient blood management, the use of safe and proven medical and surgical techniques that may reduce or eliminate the need for a blood transfusion.

Understanding your blood treatment options when surgery is necessary

Blood transfusions may be necessary when the body cannot produce blood quickly enough due to significant blood loss or decreased blood cell production because of illness or medications. When a patient needs to be given blood or blood products (such as plasma or platelets). We offer two treatment options:

  • Allogeneic blood—blood donated by an anonymous person that is carefully screened for safety.
  • Directed or pre-designated blood—the use of your own previously donated blood, or blood donated to you by a friend or relative with a matching blood type. Patient blood management (PBM) is the use of safe and proven medical and surgical techniques which may reduce or eliminate the need for a blood transfusion.

How does blood management work?

Before surgery

  • Use of iron, B-12, folic acid, vitamin C or erythropoietin (a hormone that controls red blood cell production) to increase hemoglobin levels
  • Assessment of medications and herbs that increase bleeding
  • Minimal blood draws using only the smallest sample needed

During surgery

  • Use of minimally invasive techniques and advanced surgical approaches that minimize bleeding
  • Blood cell recovery and reinfusion—the collection of blood lost during surgery, processing it and returning it to the patient
  • Medications to enhance blood clotting
  • Volume expanders to maintain the size of your blood vessels

After surgery

  • Needleless blood sampling to reduce infection and eliminate the need for invasive blood draws
  • Minimal blood draws using only the smallest sample needed
  • Use of medications to increase blood production

To learn more about the blood management program call 1.866.372.6936.