Blood conservation

Blood conservation - surgery without blood transfusion

The Duke Center for Blood Conservation offers bloodless surgery, also known as "patient blood management," as an option to patients who seek safe alternatives to blood transfusion because of religious, medical or personal concerns. Our safe and effective transfusion-free techniques, used during surgeries and medical procedures, limit or eliminate the need for blood products. 

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Avoiding the need for blood products

More and more, people are seeking safe, effective alternatives to blood transfusion when they require surgery or other types of medical care. We respect your views, and offer innovative treatment options that minimize blood loss and help you safely avoid the need for blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. 

Research shows that bloodless procedures can reduce contamination, lower your risk for infection, shorten your hospital stay, and help you recover faster. 

  • Access to clinical trials. Our doctors participate in numerous clinical trials aimed at improving treatments options for people who request bloodless surgery. You may have the opportunity to participate in our ongoing clinical trials to test these approaches before they become widely available.
  • Support for your decisions. You meet individually with our team of doctors, nurses and staff to discuss your bloodless medical and surgical options. We help you choose an approach that is right for you.
  • Innovative techniques. Our experts use a variety of techniques to eliminate the need for blood transfusion. They include the argon beam, which coagulates blood at the bleeding site during surgery; cell saver, which cleans and recirculates your own blood continually during surgery electro-cauterization, which uses heat to stop vessels from bleeding; and the harmonic scalpel, which uses mechanical energy to coagulate blood and cut tissue. We also use hemodilution to increase the fluid content of blood, and erythropoietin to stimulate bone marrow to produce more red blood cells.
  • Commitment to safety and satisfaction. Our bloodless surgery program has been carefully designed to adhere with our hospital policies, guidelines and protocols.  We are committed to your safety and satisfaction in every aspect of the care we provide.
  • Special expertise. Bloodless medical procedures require special expertise, precise monitoring, the latest equipment and innovative techniques. Our highly skilled team of experts offer you the latest advances.
  • Complex surgical care. We work closely with Duke surgeons in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, cancer and other specialties. They are highly trained and expertly prepared to use bloodless techniques during complex surgical cases.
  • Pre-anemia surgical referrals. You may be referred to our program to reduce your risk for developing anemia after surgery.
  • Pre-operative consultation. If you are interested in learning more about bloodless surgery at Duke University Hospital, call the Center for Blood Conservation at 919-668-2467 to to complete a preoperative 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.
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