What are the Methods Used in the BloodConservation Program?
There are many methods used in Blood Conservation. Depending onyour surgery or medical condition some o these methods may or maynot be right or you. We encourage you to ask your doctor about BloodConservation and ask i any o these methods are right or you.Methods that can be used:
Eating a well balanced diet rich in iron. All meals should alsocontain oods with Vitamin C to improve the absorption o iron.
• Using less blood for lab tests• Medicines that encourage your body to make its own
red blood cellsSynthetic Erythropoietin – this is a medicine prescribed by yourdoctor to help your body make more o your own red blood cells. I you qualiy, your doctor can prescribe injections once a week 3 to 4weeks beore your scheduled surgery.Iron and Supplements – Iron supplements can boost your own bloodsupply beore your surgery. Your doctor may prescribe iron tabletsor IV iron. Other supplements may include Vitamin C, Folic Acidand/or an injection o Vitamin B-12.
• Cell Saver
Is a system that collects and lters any blood you may lose duringyour surgery. At the end o surgery the ltered blood is thenreturned back to you.
• Platelet Gel
A substance made rom your own blood during surgery and appliedto your surgical site. This helps to lessen blood loss during surgeryand helps your bones and tissues heal aster.
• Surgical devices
Special scalpels and other instruments your surgeon may use tolessen blood loss during surgery.
• ANH (Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution)
On the day o surgery 1 to 3 units o your blood are taken rom youand replaced with IV uids. Your blood is then given back to youduring or ater your surgery to replace any blood lost during theoperation.