Members of the Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel are available around the clock to assist you with your urgent, bloodless health care needs.
If you request blood management, the program has a dedicated coordinator and medical director who will offer you personalized attention and work closely with you, your family, physicians, nursing staff and all other health care personnel. Once you request blood management, the Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program provides you with:
* Communication and education: The program seeks to understand your clear preferences regarding the use of blood and blood derivates, explains effective transfusion alternatives for you, and works with you, your physicians and clinical team to create an appropriate plan. The program oversees the coordination of care, including offering assistance with physician referrals, scheduling services and providing education.
* Identification: The program will help you draw up an advance medical directive, a legal document that expresses your specific wishes, along with what accommodations and alternatives you will allow. This document is included in your chart, which is specially marked to alert all members of the clinical team that you have enrolled in the program. You will also wear a special colored arm band during your hospital stay, identifying you as a patient in the Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program.
* Continuity of care: The program follows you through discharge, making sure all goes smoothly. Once you are discharged, the program follows up with you at home and makes notes of your experience for future medical needs and services.
Even if you do not request blood management, efforts are made hospital-wide to avoid unnecessary transfusions so as to improve medical and surgical outcomes for all our patients. For instance, as standards of care, Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers:
* Low-volume blood draws: All standing blood draws throughout the hospital are done through low-volume blood tubes, which preserve blood.
* Transfusion alternatives for anemia: Our physicians discuss alternatives to blood transfusions with all patients diagnosed with medical and pre- and post-operative anemia.
* Minimally and less invasive procedures: Minimally and less invasive techniques are the norms, not the exceptions, in the majority of medical and surgical specialties. Such procedures, by their very nature, result in minimal blood loss.