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

ch blood is accepted. At the same time, demand is growing, due to increasingly complex surgical procedures and an aging population. This leads to an inadequate blood supply and increasing costs.

"Given the range of transfusion-associated risks, physicians should no longer be used as the default procedure for treating or preventing anemia before, during or after surgery," noted Aryeh Shander, M.D., Chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Executive Medical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management. "There are highly effective alternatives to blood transfusion available that we use here at Englewood Hospital very successfully, with significantly improved patient outcomes."

"A strong commitment to the practice of bloodless medicine and surgery is one of the key reasons why Englewood Hospital has such excellent cardiac outcomes," said Richard Goldweit, M.D., FACC, Chief of Cardiology at Englewood Hospital.

Englewood Hospital was number one in New Jersey and number three nationwide for 30-day heart attack survival among Medicare patients, according to a 2008 government study. The Medical Center's mortality rates for coronary bypass surgery are among the lowest in the state, with a 100% survival rate on three of the last four Cardiac Report Cards issued by the NJ DOHSS.

"In addition to preventing bleeding during procedures, advanced planning and follow up are crucial to maintain optimal blood counts and the best medical outcomes," noted Dr. Goldweit.

About Aryeh Shander, M.D.:

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine Aryeh Shander, M.D., is Executive Medical Director of the hospital's Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, which seeks to improve patient outcom
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