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Our goal at Greenville Health System (GHS) is to make a difference in our patients’ health outcomes through excellent patient care. To that end, GHS is dedicated to providing leading-edge medical and surgical care while reducing the need for blood transfusions and blood components. Physicians are committed to the program because blood conservation brings increased health benefits to their patients.
What is blood conservation?
Blood Conservation is a collaborative, advanced medical approach to patient care that reduces the need for donor blood transfusions or blood components. Working together, dedicated physicians, nurses and other GHS professional staff use specialized techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to reduce blood loss, retain a patient’s own blood during treatment and, if needed, maximize a patient’s own blood production. If you have additional questions regarding blood conservation, ask your physician.
What are the potential health benefits of the Blood Conservation Program?
Clinical data has shown that some of the advantages of blood conservation include
- Improved and faster recovery
- Reduced hospital stays and reduced risk of infections
GHS Blood Conservation Program
- Innovative, physician-driven initiative
- Evidenced-based protocols – pre-operative through recovery
- State-of-the-art equipment, pharmaceutical advances and hospital-wide education
- Integrated, multidisciplinary team approach that respects patients’ personal beliefs
- Experienced staff who understand patients’ needs
Will My Insurance Cover Blood Conservation Techniques?
Blood conservation is an accepted form of health care recognized by most insurances, however, if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, check with your provider.
The Treatment of Minors
State and federal law may impose limitations on the ability to withdraw blood transfusions or blood therapy from minors, particularly in life-threatening situations. If you are considering blood conservation care for a minor, please consult your physician before treatment.
The Blood Conservation Program at GHS unites a team of dedicated professionals who have unique expertise, education and in-depth understanding of blood conservation.
The coordinator will be directly involved in your care as your advocate to ensure that your special blood conservation needs are understood and met. Our goal is to make sure you are receiving the highest quality medical care while respecting your individual preference regarding specific medical procedures.
The Blood Conservation coordinator also serves as an educational and supportive resource for patients, their families and the medical staff.
To find out more about blood conservation at GHS, please ask your healthcare provider or call the GHS Blood Conservation program coordinator at (864) 455-9822.