At Virginia Mason Medical Center, blood conservation, management and stewardship are important elements of our Respect for People principle. The health care teams at Virginia Mason Medical Center understand and respect the values and views of our patients. We work with individuals to ensure each receives the best care possible consistent with their needs and values.
Virginia Mason Medical Center’s blood stewardship program seeks to ensure all blood and blood products are used wisely, only when necessary, and in the smallest amount needed to ensure the best health outcomes for all patients. For patients that do not have the option or desire to receive blood products, the team partners with patients to ensure that bloodless options for care are available.
The following blood stewardship strategies are employed at Virginia Mason Medical Center:
Optimize anemia and coagulation issues prior to surgery
Minimize removal of blood for diagnostic testing before and during hospital stay
Perform minimally-invasive surgical procedures when the option exists
Use technology to recover and re-infuse patients’ own blood during surgery
Use strict, conservative transfusion thresholds when blood is needed and patient agrees to accept blood
Ensure blood products are administered safely and effectively when patient agrees to accept blood
For questions or more information about the Blood Management Program at Virginia Mason Medical Center, contact our Transfusion Safety Officer: