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The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital
The following is a list of technologies which make bloodless surgery possible.
Cell Saver: A device that recycles a patient's own blood that is lost during surgery, collects it, cleans it and returns it to the patient.
Oximetry: Tracks oxygen levels in the blood during and after surgery.
Hyperbaric Chamber: Distributes high concentrations of oxygen into blood prior to surgery, so that patients better withstand surgical procedures.
Argon Beam Coagulator: Coagulates or clots blood during surgery to minimize blood loss.
Volume Expanders and Hemodilution: Enhances the circulation of patient's own blood via intravenous fluids.
Synthetic Erythropoietin: Stimulates bone marrow to produce enough red blood cells to obviate transfusion.
Harmonic Scalpel: A scalpel that employs vibration and friction to cut and cause blood clotting at virtually the same time.
Electro Cautery: Uses heat to stop vessels from bleeding.
At Englewood Hospital and Medical Center we are proud to offer many high quality, safe, and effective alternatives to blood transfusions. Knowledge of these alternatives and their use assists both the patient and physician to achieve the goal of optimum health care without violating personal convictions as regards the use of blood.
This site will regularly discuss in detail various alternatives to blood transfusions, what they are, how they are used, and how they may be affected by our conscience. Click on the name of the technique for an overview: