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Blood Transfusion Alternative Lowers Risk of Complications After Heart Surgery

-New Study Highlights Innovative Blood Management Program at Englewood Hospital-

(Englewood, NJ, July 17, 2012) - New research suggests heart surgery performed without blood transfusions lowers the risk of potentially deadly complications, including kidney failure, heart attack and blood infections.

The recently-released report appears online in Archives of Internal Medicine and compares the 20-year survival rates and overall recovery of transfused patients with Jehovah’s Witness patients, who typically do not accept blood transfusions due to religious beliefs.

The study highlights the benefits of the bloodless approach, which has long been the standard of care for all patients at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

“Limiting or even avoiding transfusions entirely can lead to fewer complications and a shorter stay at the hospital,” said James Klein, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “We believe that the outcomes for heart surgery patients are better when transfusions can be avoided and we encourage other forward-thinking hospitals to consider this innovative approach to patient care.”

“Englewood Hospital established itself as a pioneer in bloodless medicine and surgery nearly two decades ago,” said Sherri Ozawa, Clinical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital. “We are very pleased that science and our colleagues have followed this practice, which ultimately put an unlikely group of patients at the forefront of a medical breakthrough.”

Englewood Hospital became the first in the country to create a patient blood management program, by which many sophisticated techniques, modalities and therapies are used to enhance a patient’s own blood supply. During surgery, state-of-the-art technology and devices collect, clean and return the blood to the patient, which ultimately eliminates the need for a transfusion.

"We had an opportunity in the past to visit Englewood Hospital to examine their innovative bloodless techniques, which serve as an excellent model of patient blood management for hospitals nationwide and abroad," said study author Colleen Koch, MD, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

In addition to fewer complications, Cleveland Clinic researchers noted the Jehovah’s Witness patients had lower risks of additional surgeries. They say those patients also spent less time in the intensive care unit and hospital overall.

Englewood Hospital has adopted the bloodless method across all disciplines for all patients and as a result, the vast majority of surgeries performed at the Medical Center - minor and major - are bloodless. The program has attracted tens of thousands of patients worldwide. Medical professionals and members of the U.S. military have also come to the Medical Center to learn how Englewood Hospital physicians use this proven, effective alternative to blood transfusions to improve patient outcomes.

“This new data adds to the weight of what we have long-known about the benefits of bloodless practices,” said Aryeh Shander, MD, Executive Medical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital. “Sharing our bloodless experience and expertise nationally and internationally with physicians, nurses and our nation’s service men and women has been a point of pride for Englewood Hospital. We remain committed to advancing this care to our patients and the rest of the medical community. As more recognized institutions join us in this endeavor recognizing its importance in improving patient outcomes, it confirms the unprecedented contribution Englewood Hospital has made to medicine as a whole. We have been the pioneers and will remain the leaders in this discipline."

For more information, visit www.englewoodhospital.com or call The Institute for Patient Blood Management at Englewood Hospital at 1-888-766-2566.

Source: HealthDay

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.