Across the country and around the world more and more people are choosing the option of bloodless surgery. Up until about 20 years ago, this was not even an option, but more hospitals and medical centers are beginning to recognize the need to present this option. In fact, it is reported that in 1996 there were less than 100 centers that provided bloodless care. Research in bloodless medicine and surgery has also helped to advance this field.
People choose bloodless medicine for a variety of reasons. Many people mistakenly believe that the only people who choose bloodless medicine are Jehovah’s Witnesses for their religious beliefs. While it is true that they have done a lot to help prompt advances in the field of bloodless medicine, they are not the only group of people seeking care at centers that offer this option. The scares of infections in the blood supply, most notably the high rate of hemophiliacs that contracted HIV in the 1980’s through blood transfusions, has raised the consciousness of the public regarding infections that can be transmitted through blood. These infections include: Syphilis, Malaria, Hepatitis A, B, and C, and Crutzfeldt-Jacob virus (which causes “mad cow” disease in humans). Other reasons for choosing bloodless surgery include accidentally receiving the wrong blood type and the possibility of having an allergic reaction to other factors in the donors blood, both of which can be life threatening. If you have a rare blood type or rare blood factors, bloodless medicine might be your only option.
For whatever reason you choose bloodless medicine or are considering to choose bloodless medicine, it is important that you do research. Because there are so few hospitals that offer this option, you want to make sure that you are choosing the one that is right for you. The best way to do research on hospitals that perform bloodless medicine and surgery and find out important things such as how long they have been doing it and their success rates. Whatever decision you make needs to be a well informed decision, especially when it comes to your health and your life.