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Understanding Blood and Blood Components

Bloodless Chart

Learn more about blood and 'minor blood fractions' with this helpful interactive chart.

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Planning an Admission or Procedure at Allegheny General Hospital - A Guide for ‘Bloodless Medicine’ Patients

Although representatives of the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (CBMS) are always on call, there may not always be a representative available in the hospital.

In an Emergency:

  1. Identify yourself as a “bloodless medicine” patient upon admission to the hospital, and ask that a consult be placed with the Center for Bloodless Medicine. A CBMS representative will see you as soon as one is available.

Before You Come to the Hospital for a Planned Admission/Procedure:

  1. Promptly discuss your wishes with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It is vital that you allow your doctor time to develop an appropriate care plan for you, or if necessary, refer you to another physician.

  2. Provide a copy of your completed, signed Advance Medical Directive to your physician / healthcare provider, and bring a copy with you to the hospital, even if you have provided a copy at an earlier admission.

  3. Provide a copy of your completed, signed Advance Medical Directive to your designated healthcare agent and inform them of your planned admission to the hospital so they can be available to speak for you if needed.

  4. Review the Allegheny General Hospital CBMS Blood Transfusion Refusal/Advance Directive form and  Patient Guide prior to your planned admission.
    Our goal is to have this form completed and signed and placed in your medical record at each hospital admission in order to assure that your current wishes are documented.

  5. Call the Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery (CBMS) prior to your planned admission date to schedule a brief consultation with a CBMS representative. This service is provided to patients free of charge by Allegheny General Hospital. 412-359-8787 or 1-877-284-2100

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