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Why should I drive an extra sixty miles to a blood management program when my doctor says he can handle my case locally?

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asked Apr 24, 2012 in Conditions and Treatments by Jan B. Wade (4,930 points)
retagged Jun 4, 2012 by LarryEitel

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Patient Blood Management is "A Multidisciplinary Approach  with Door to Door Hemovigilance Or it Doesn’t Work at All !

Here is the team-centric chain-of-care available at a Bloodless or Blood Management Program

Primary Doctor - Cardiologist - Admission Care Team - Anesthesia - Surgeon - Perfusion -  ICU Care Team, Nurses - Administrators

In a typical hospital setting it is up to you to inform each and every new caregiver.  At a Blood Management Program your care is handled by a TEAM.
answered May 1, 2012 by pnutts (1,820 points)
edited May 1, 2012 by Jan B. Wade
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In addition to what pnutts answered, I submit the following:

Many doctors are confident that they know how to reduce bloodloss during surgery, and many of them do.  The question is, "Does he have the expertise to handle an unexpected situation during your surgery?"  Will he have to convince the rest of the team during an emergency that blood is out of the question (for those refusing blood totally) , or a last resort (for all other patients)? How much time will that require? In an organized program, everyone is on the same page, and they will have strategies, techniques, pharmaceuticals, and personnel at their disposal as part of their surgical plan.  They have experience as a unified team, and will have less chance of being unprepared for an emergency during surgery.  

It's like the difference in sending your Honda to a general automotive service station or sending it to a Honda dealer.  Which would be more certain to have all the parts at their disposal, have the experience to know how to fix a problem peculiar to Honda, to have all the staff know the best, most cost-efficient, way to resolve a problem quickly.
answered May 2, 2012 by BGoldstien (180 points)
edited May 6, 2012 by Jan B. Wade

Excellent answer! Getting a bloodless medicine is speciality medicine and doctors and surgents in the bloodless hospital are specialists in that area. I wouldn't let any general surgent to do brain surgery for meenlightened.. pretty simple!!


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