More hospitals consider bloodless procedures

04/9/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

More hospitals are considering the benefits of bloodless surgery for a wider range of patients than those who request the procedures because of religious beliefs. The Cleveland Clinic adopted protocols intended to help limit the need for transfusions. "You get an immediate feeling that you're helping the patient if you transfuse them," said Dr. Robert Lorenz, the hospital's medical director of blood management. "The long-term data suggest it's the opposite."

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