When I have had my last 5 surgeries, each time, I went in to have my blood drawn, so that if I needed blood during the surgery, it would be my blood.
I was surprised when I was told that this practice is no longer done around here. I was expecting to get some of my blood reserved for my upcoming surgery.
The doctors have told me that there are several reasons why this is no longer being done
- Too many patients went anemic after giving bloodMost surgeries did not require any additional bloodHaving the extra blood and just disposing of it , became an expense
I am curious to see if this is something that is also being followed in your areas. Mine is from the Danbury,CT area and also following what most other CT hospitals are doing today.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences