Support for Your Decisions
You meet one-on-one with our doctors, nurses, and staff to discuss your medical and surgical treatment options. We help you choose an approach that's right for you.
Our experts use a variety of blood conservation techniques to reduce or eliminate the need for a blood transfusion. They include:
- Acute normovolemic hemodilution, which increases the fluid content of the blood and saves your own blood cells to be returned to you when risk of bleeding has stopped
- Argon beam, which coagulates blood at the bleeding site during surgery
- Cell saver, which cleans and returns your own blood cells continually during surgery
- Electro-cauterization, which uses heat to stop vessels from bleeding
- Harmonic scalpel, which uses mechanical energy to coagulate blood and cut tissue
- Adjuvant medications including medications like erythropoietin (stimulates bone marrow to make more red blood cells) and other drugs that help the blood clot
Access to Clinical Trials
Our doctors participate in numerous clinical trials aimed at improving treatments options for people who request care without the use of blood products. You may have the opportunity to participate in our ongoing clinical trials to test these approaches before they become widely available.
Commitment to Safety and Satisfaction
Our Blood Conservation program has been carefully designed to comply with our hospital policies, guidelines, and protocols. We are committed to your safety and satisfaction in every aspect of the care we provide.
Patient blood management (PBM) and caring for people undergoing medical procedures without blood transfusion requires special expertise, precise monitoring, the latest equipment, and innovative techniques. Our multidisciplinary team includes highly skilled surgeons, anesthesiologists, hematologists, intensivists, perfusionists, and nursing staff who will take care of you and your special needs every step of the way.
Complex Surgical Care
We work closely with Duke doctors and surgeons in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, cancer, and other specialties. They are highly trained to use PMB techniques during complex procedures.
Pre-Anemia Surgical Referrals
You may be referred to our program to reduce your risk for developing anemia and to help treat anemia before or after surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about PBM at Duke University Hospital, call the Center for Blood Conservation at 919-668-2467 to schedule a consultation. The doctors linked to this page are just a few of those with particular experience and interest in blood conservation techniques. Blood Conservation staff are also able to help you to find an appropriate specialist to care for your needs.