Transfusion-Free Medicine

Our Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program is the Valley's first adult program, meeting the specialized need of each patient. Using an integrated team approach, our highly skilled surgeons, anesthesiologists, hematologists and pathologists along with other specialists and support staff combine to produce this invaluable new facet of patient care. Our goal is to minimize blood loss, maximize oxygen delivery and increase the patient's blood production.

Some patients hold a religious conviction that prevents them from receiving blood transfusions. Others feel more comfortable knowing that with transfusion-free techniques, they avoid the risk of blood borne illnesses such as hepatitis or HIV. Whatever the reason, we respect this decision and are delighted to offer these services to anyone who wishes. 

Thanks to advances in equipment, techniques and technology, Saint Agnes can safely and successfully provide non-blood medical and surgical care for a variety of specialties such as, but not limited to:

  • Cancer/cancer surgery
  • Cardiology/cardiovascular surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Hematology
  • Intensive care management
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Urologic surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery reduces blood loss by:

  • Enhancing volume and circulation of a patient's own blood through intravenous fluids called volume expanders.
  • Utilizing the pharmaceutical recombinant erythropoietin and other drugs to stimulate the production of the patient's own blood supply.
  • Salvaging, filtering and recirculating the patient's blood in a continuous cycle using an advanced cell saver system.
  • Accelerating blood clotting during surgery through the use of mechanical and pharmaceutical methods.
  • Tracking oxygen levels with non-invasive skin monitors before, during and after surgery.
  • Using techniques to lower the patient's blood pressure and temperature during surgery

About the Program Manager

Our Program Manager is a trained and experienced facilitator in all aspects of transfusion-free medicine and surgery, and is made available 24-hours. Their goal is to ensure the highest quality of medical care while respecting your individual choices regarding specific medical procedures. Our manager will work with you directly to see that your needs are understood and accommodated by our staff.

To learn more about our Transfusion-Free Medical and Surgical Program, call (559) 450-3357 or email transfusionfree@samc.com.

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