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Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Penn

The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital is one of the leading blood management programs in the United States. The center offers unique medical and surgical alternatives to patients unwilling to accept blood transfusions or blood products during surgery, childbirth or traumatic injuries.

Bloodless medicine and surgery is a safe and effective method of treating patients without using whole blood or blood products such as red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. Patients choose non-blood treatment for religious, personal, ethical or medical reasons.

Procedures Offered with Blood Management

Specialists at the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery perform common and advanced procedures to prevent or minimize blood loss including:

The Penn Difference

Patricia A. Ford, MD, The medical director of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery is a hematologist/oncologist specializing in anemia with more than 10 years of experience in bloodless medicine and surgery. Every staff member respects patient choice and is sensitive to patients who opt for non-blood medical treatment.

Penn cardiovascular surgeons excel in performing complex cardiac surgeries using bloodless strategies, and have helped develop these processes and techniques. Center physicians and surgeons provide consultation, training and education to other physicians and medical professionals from around the country.

The team of physicians, nurses, social workers, cordinators, pastoral counselors and volunteers highly trained for this complex service.

Learn more about bloodless medicine and surgery at Penn Medicine