Blood conservation techniques are used to reduce the need for allogeneic blood transfusion. One of the most important blood conservation techniques is the optimization of blood counts prior to invasive procedures with anticipated blood loss. Infusion nurses need to understand the importance of treating patients who require the use of parenteral iron to attempt to optimize their blood counts before procedures. Infusion nurses provide a vital link to patient safety and treatment. This article will also discuss other methods of blood conservation frequently used to protect a scarce resource and reduce inappropriate transfusions.
Duke University, Durham, NC.
John Stover, FNP, MSN, has worked as a family nurse practitioner since 1998. John was employed as the program manager of the Center for Blood Conservation at Duke University Hospital from 2008 to 2012 and served as a member of the Duke University Transfusion Services Committee and Duke University Ethics Committee. He has cared for many patients wishing to avoid or refuse blood transfusion during their medical and surgical care and has presented at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
Bob W. Broomer, CCRP, has worked as a blood conservation specialist at the Duke University Hospital for more than 6 years. He has counseled and educated many patients on their options regarding blood conservation techniques. He has given multiple presentations and participated in several research projects regarding blood conservation.
Corresponding Author: John C. Stover, FNP, MSN (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors of this article have no conflicts of interest to disclose.