Major surgeries with no blood, for both Jehovah’s Witnesses and others? Post-operative patients who don’t need transfusion because of massive blood draws? These things are not only possible, they are happening right now, and Dr. Steve Frank, Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloodless Medicine Program, is here to discuss the essentials of patient blood management carried to the extreme!
Just What IS “Bloodless Medicine?”
Bloodless medicine, according to Dr. Frank, is nothing more than “Patient blood management carried to the extreme.” It involves careful pre-operative planning as well as intraoperative and postoperative interventions. In this interview, Dr. Frank first describes his views of the essentials of patient blood management, then outlines aspects specific to bloodless medicine.
This episode is presented as part of an informal, education-based collaboration to further discussion on patient blood management with the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM).
Blood saves lives when you need it,
but only increases risks and costs when you don’t!
About My Guest:
Dr. Steven M. Frank is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is anesthesia for vascular, thoracic and transplant surgery, and he is an expert in blood conservation methods. Dr. Frank serves as medical director for the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program. He is also director of the Interdisciplinary Blood Management Program and of Perioperative Blood Management Services at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Frank received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed a fellowship in vascular, thoracic and transplant anesthesiology, also at Johns Hopkins. Among his many professional activities, Dr. Frank serves on the board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Blood Management and is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Clinical Transfusion. He was named Teacher of the Year in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in 2012 and is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Association of Blood Banks, the Society for Advancement of Blood Management.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Dr. Frank discloses that he has received consulting fees from Haemonetics and Medtronic. Dr. Chaffin has no relevant financial disclosures.
- Web site: Johns Hopkins Center for Bloodless Medicine
- Excellent summary of bloodless medicine: Resar LMS and Frank SM. Bloodless medicine: what to do when you can’t transfuse. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2014 Dec 5;2014(1):553-558.
- 2014 study showing bloodless patients did as well or better than those receiving transfusion: Frank SM et al. Risk-adjusted Clinical Outcomes in Patients Enrolled in a Bloodless Program. Transfusion 2014;54:2668-2677.
- Excellent review article on best practices in patient blood management: Sadana S et al. Promoting High-Value Practice by Reducing Unnecessary Transfusions with a Patient Blood Management Program. JAMA Intern Med 2018;178(1):116-122.
- Article by Dr. Frank et al on expansion of Hopkins PBM program: Frank SM et al. Implementing a Health System–wide Patient Blood Management Program with a Clinical Community Approach. Anesthesiology 2017;127:754-764.
- Editorial by Dr. Frank on cell-saver blood: Who benefits from red blood cell salvage? — Utility and value of intraoperative autologous transfusion. Transfusion 2011;51:2058-2060.
- Dr. Frank’s list of 10 randomized control trials comparing “restrictive” to “liberal” transfusion:
- Bracey AW, et al: Transfusion 1999 – Cardiac surgery patients
- Hebert PC, et al: NEJM 1999 – Critically ill MICU patients (TRICC)
- Lacroix J, et al: NEJM 2007 – Critically ill PICU patients
- Hajjar LA, et al: JAMA 2010 – Cardiac surgery patients (TRACS)
- Carson JL, et al: NEJM 2011 – Elderly orthopedic surgery patients (FOCUS)
- Villanueva C, et al: NEJM 2013 – Severe GI bleeding patients
- Holst LB, et al: NEJM 2014 – Septic shock patients (TRISS)
- Robertson CS, et al: JAMA 2014 – Traumatic brain injury patients
- Murphy GJ, et al: NEJM, 2015 – Cardiac surgery patients (TITRe2)
- Mazer CD, et al: NEJM 2017 – Cardiac surgery patients
Watch Dr. Frank introduce the Johns Hopkins Bloodless Medicine Program.