Bloodless Medicine in the News

The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery team at Johns Hopkins not only stays current on developments in the field, but also helps to shape the latest best practices. Here we share with you the most recent articles in the scientific and lay press so you can stay informed on techniques, trends, and the options available to you.


In the Lay Press

The Rise of Bloodless Medicine: How We Treat Those Who Cannot Receive Blood Products for Religious or Other Reasons (Science Trends, December 2017)

Blueprint for Saving Blood Units: A Patient Blood Management Program  (MEDPAGETODAY, November 2017)

How Jehovah's Witnesses are Changing Medicine  (The New Yorker, Aug 2015)

Blood Industry Shrinks as Transfusions Decline (New York Times, Aug 2014)

Call It a Bloodless Coup (Physician Update, Spring 2013)

Donated blood may grow ‘stale’ quickly. (Futurity, March 2013)

Making Case for Bloodless Surgery  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug 2012)

Blood transfusion refusal poses no risk in cardiac patients (HealthLeaders Media, Aug 2012)

Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusions after cardiac surgery at no greater health risk (CBS News, July 2012)

New standards urged on blood transfusions (Boston Globe, June 2011)

In the Scientific Press

Bloodless Medicine Program Demonstrates Lower Infections Than Standard of Care (Anesthesiology News (February 2021)

A Bloodless Surgical Journey; Alternatives to Transfusion (Anesthesia and Analgesia, January 2019) 

Restrictive Not Inferior to Liberal Red Cell Transfusion Strategy in Cardiac Surgery (Anesthesiology News, February 2018)

4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate Reduces RBC Transfusions in Heart Transplant Patients With LVADs  (Anesthesiology News, November 2017) 

Promoting High-Value Practice by Reducing Unnecessary Transfusions With a Patient Blood Management Program  (JAMA Intern Med. Published online November, 2017) 

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: Top 10 Things to Consider  (Anesthesiology News, October 2016)

Can maximum surgical blood order schedule be used as a predictor of successful completion of bloodless surgery?  (Ann Lab Med., March 2013)

Eight-year experience of bloodless surgery at a tertiary care hospital in Korea. (Transfusion, May 2013)

Abstract: Variability in blood and blood component utilization as assessed by an anesthesia information management system (Anesthesiology, July 2012)

Abstract: Duration of red-cell storage and complications after cardiac surgery (New England Journal of Medicine, March 2008)

Abstract: Tranexamic acid reduces blood loss and financial cost in primary total hip and knee replacement surgery (Orthopedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research, July 2012)

Abstract: Tranexamic acid: less bleeding and less thrombosis? (Critical Care Medicine, June 2012)

Abstract: Nonpharmacological, blood conservation techniques for preventing neonatal anemia--effective and promising strategies for reducing transfusion (Seminars in Perinatology, Aug 2012)

Abstract: Outcome of patients who refuse transfusion after cardiac surgery: a natural experiment with severe blood conservation (Archives of Internal Medicine, Aug 2012)

Abstract: Hemoglobin drift after cardiac surgery (Annals of Thoracic Surgery, May 2012)

Abstract: Effect of aggressively driven intravenous iron therapy on infectious complications in end-stage renal disease patients on maintenance hemodialysis (American Journal of Therapeutics, July 2012)

Abstract: Towards bloodless cystectomy: a 10-year experience of intra-operative cell salvage during radical cystectomy (British Journal of Urology International, July 2012)

Abstract: Who benefits from red blood cell salvage? Utility and value of intraoperative autologous transfusion (Transfusion, Oct 2011)

Abstract: Continuous noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring for Jehovah's Witness patients undergoing intraoperative autologous normovolemic hemodilution (American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Oct 2011)