Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment in which patients inhale 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, under increased but controlled pressures. It is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.Kelly Johnson-Arbor, MD
To avoid blood loss, meticulous and precise surgical technique remains the most important. By carefully following this total management approach and carefully adhering to sound surgical principles and techniques as suggested here, redo-cardiac surgery can be performed safely and successfully without blood transfusion.Manuel Estioko, MD
The following is the methodology I use for the administration of intravenous iron dextran, for total dose infusion. I have used this method for more than thirty-five years and it has worked quite well, with uniformly safe outcomes.William Pogue, MD
The management of Jehovah’s Witness patients with bleeding and severe anemia can be very challenging because of non-acceptance of ...
A 44-year-old woman presented at the Surgical Outpatient Department with anterior neck swelling of 4-year duration measuring 9 cm (vertical) ¥ 13 cm (transverse).Nathaniel Usoro, MD
The Jehovah's Witness surgical patient presents the surgeon and anesthesiologist with special medical and ethical considerations that arise from refusal of blood transfusion. There is great heterogeneity in blood product acceptance among antenatal patients of the Jehovah's Witness faith. Jehovah’s Witnesses represent 0.8% of the US population.
Perioperative blood loss is a significant concern for patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty. A growing body of evidence has shown tranexamic acid...
Treating a 22-year-old male admitted with hemoglobin of 3.7, discharged from the hospital with a hemoglobin level of 7.6, and 10.3 within one week.Richard Verstraete, RN
Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (BMS) is the provision of quality health care to patients without the use of allogeneic blood with the aim of improving outcome and protecting patients’ rights.Nathaniel Usoro, MD
Any hospital can practice bloodless medicine, as this area of medicine does not always need to involve advanced techniques, expensive equipment, or esoteric methods of patient care. In many cases, optimization of bloodless medicine patient care can be managed with a careful review of current medical practices.Kelly Johnson-Arbor, MD
This strategy page describes a BMS Program and how it meets the needs of patients seeking optimal medical care without the use of blood transfusion.Richard Verstraete, RN
This strategy page focuses on the risks of blood transfusions and describes the body’s tolerance of anemia.Hiep Dao, MD
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