Approaches to Bloodless Surgery for Oncology Patients.


Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Clinical Community, The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Zayed 6208, 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Providing optimal care to surgical oncology patients who cannot be transfused for religious or other reasons can be challenging. However, with careful planning, using a combination of blood-conserving methods, these "bloodless" patients have clinical outcomes that are similar to other patients who can be transfused. Bloodless surgery can be accomplished safely for most patients, including those undergoing technically challenging oncologic surgery. This article reviews best practices used in a bloodless program during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods, with the aim of achieving optimal outcomes when transfusion is not an option for surgical oncology patients.


Anemia,Blood conservation,Bloodless,Cancer,Oncology,Surgery,

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