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Englewood Hospital Marks 15 Years of Leadership in Improving Patient Outcomes Through Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
Date:3/10/2009

ENGLEWOOD, N.J., March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (formerly the NJ Institute for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The new name reflects the Institute's commitment to the comprehensive management of patient blood and blood products to improve patient outcomes.

Since the 1994 inception of the Institute, Englewood Hospital has established itself as a world-recognized leader in patient blood management. This initiative, which is gaining increased attention from the global medical community, seeks to reduce the risks and costs associated with blood transfusion by providing effective alternatives.

Medical professionals from leading institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, Massachusetts General and others from the U.S. and abroad have visited Englewood Hospital to learn how its physicians use proven, effective alternatives to transfusion to improve patient outcomes. In fact, the U.S. government has consulted with Englewood Hospital about applying blood management techniques in catastrophic situations when little or no blood is available.

A number of factors are driving the medical community's increased interest in Patient Blood Management:

  • Transfusion-associated risks are many. Although concerns about transfusion-transmitted AIDS and hepatitis have been all but eradicated thanks to more extensive and sophisticated testing, many negative outcomes are still associated with blood transfusion, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections; conditions such as transfusion-related lung injury (TRALI); and increased complications and death rates.
  • Costs of blood transfusion continue to rise. Blood supply is shrinking due to stringent parameters for whi
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