Bloodless Care Program

Bloodless Care Program



At Temple University Hospital, we understand that certain people cannot receive blood transfusions due to their religious beliefs or personal preferences. If you are not able to accept donated blood for these reasons or any other, Temple's Bloodless Care Program is here to help.

We are committed to offering high quality medical and surgical treatments without using blood or blood products. All of our physicians are highly experienced in the most advanced bloodless treatments available today. Our program utilizes therapies and procedures recognized as best practices, while preserving your dignity and legal rights at all times.

Bloodless Techniques

Temple offers the most advanced bloodless care techniques for both surgical and medical procedures, including:

  • Blood salvaging
  • Hemodilution
  • Interventional radiology
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Minimally-invasive surgery
  • Pre-operative stimulation of bone marrow
  • Volume expanders

Patient Experience

At Temple University Hospital, a dedicated team is committed to respecting your patient rights. A registered professional nurse who is Director of the Program guides you through the process every step of the way. She acts as your advocate before, during and after your hospital stay, documenting all of your choices and choosing the specialists best-suited to address your health needs. When you meet with these physicians, they will describe the full range of bloodless treatment options to help you make the most informed decisions you can.

During your treatment, a special 'no blood' identification system reminds all staff of your blood transfusion refusal. You will have a 'no blood' wristband, bedside sign and chart label so every one of your caregivers is made aware of your participation in the Bloodless Care Program.

If you would like more information about Temple's
Bloodless Care Program, please call 215-707-8613.

Blood-Sparing Surgical Equipment

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Temple's Bloodless Care Program uses several sophisticated technologies to provide our patients with safe and effective surgery without the need for blood transfusions. These blood-sparing tools have made bloodless surgery much easier to perform and have greatly reduced the rate of transfusions in many different surgical settings.

The exact technology used by our surgeons will depend on the procedure they are performing. Temple currently offers the following blood-sparing surgical tools:

Laparoscopic Surgery
The laparoscope allows abdominal surgery to be performed through a series of tiny incisions. Our surgeons insert a fiber optic scope into the patient's body through a small hole, enabling them to visualize internal organs with highly magnified cameras. Surgery is then performed through keyhole-sized incision using miniaturized instruments. This type of minimally invasive surgery has the potential to almost eliminate blood loss and reduce recovery times.

Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci® Surgical System robot offers an enhanced version of laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon sits at a console a few feet from the patient. Using miniaturized instruments while visualizing the surgical field with three dimensional vision, the surgeon can perform complex procedures while avoiding the majority of blood loss that would occur with traditional procedures.

Cell Saver
The cell saver is a machine that cleanses the patient's lost blood cells and returns them to the body through an intravenous line. The blood flows through a circuit that washes out debris and other unwanted blood components before concentrating the red blood cells and returning them to the patient.

Heart-Lung Machine
The heart-lung machine is used during heart surgery. Because the patient's heart beat must be suspended, the heart-lung machine acts as a temporary heart while surgery is performed. All of the patient's blood is diverted through the machine where tubing oxygenates the blood and removes waste. The blood is then pumped back into the patient's circulatory system.

Electric Cautery
The electric cautery device uses electricity-generated heat to cut and seal tissues, including blood vessels, during a surgical procedure. The device is able to make precise cuts while limiting blood loss.

Laser
A laser uses beams of light to cut through and seal tissues. Because the laser fully seals the blood vessels, potential blood loss is greatly reduced.

CO2 Laser
A CO2 laser uses carbon dioxide beams to cut through and seal tissue. As with a traditional laser, blood loss is reduced.

If you would like more information about Temple's Bloodless Care Program, please call 215-707-8613.