Each patient will be individually assessed and treated for anemia before surgery or during their hospital stay.
Patients will be educated regarding blood fractions and alternatives on admission or before surgery. Available techniques to minimize blood loss are frequently performed at OHSU such as cell salvage and acute normovolemic hemodilution
Preoperative planning results in faster and more meticulous surgeries
Postoperative management geared towards optimizing the physiological reserve of anemia and vigilant monitoring for bleeding can improve outcomes and decrease complications
Preoperative patient preparation and postoperative teaching encourage patient centered decision making and self-care.