A Bloodless Surgical Journey: Alternatives to Transfusion
Wanderer, Jonathan P. MD, MPhil; Nathan, Naveen MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ([email protected])
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ([email protected])
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
The Infographic is composed by Jonathan P. Wanderer, MD, MPhil, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ([email protected]), and Naveen Nathan, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ([email protected]). Illustration by Naveen Nathan, MD.
Although blood transfusions are considered essential for many procedures, it is possible to perform surgery without the use of transfusions. Achieving this, however, may require concerted effort to be applied by a coordinated care team across the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of care. These strategies include optimization of hemoglobin levels preoperatively, salvaging blood intraoperatively, and supporting hematopoiesis throughout perioperative care. In this infographic, we review specific interventions that can be performed to reduce or eliminate the need for transfusion, while describing some of the indications for bloodless surgery.
Cryo indicates cryoprecipitate; epo, erythropoietin; PCCs, prothrombin complex concentrates.
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