NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint
Peter’s University Hospital will host an afternoon of information for the
public about bloodless medicine and surgery from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday,
April 12, at the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, located on the ground
floor of the hospital at 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick.
“Getting to Know Blood Products and Fractions: An Overview,” physicians,
pharmacists and blood bank representatives will share information and answer
questions related to the origin and use of each product and fraction. An
overview of the Saint Peter’s Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program and of the
system’s commitment to bringing excellent patient-centered care to the
community will also be presented.
Marcie Colon, coordinator of the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program, at
732-745-8600, Ext. 7869, for more information about the program.
launched a bloodless medicine program in January to meet the religious, medical
and personal beliefs of patients who opt not to have transfusions. Patient
blood management is a hospital-wide effort in which a healthcare team of
physicians, nurses, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians and support staff
works to assess and address each patient’s blood-management needs. Patients decline
to receive blood or blood products during medical treatment, especially
surgery, for various reasons. Some, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, object due to
religious beliefs, while others do so as a result of healthcare concerns,
knowledge of potential complications, or other personal convictions.
The April 12
event is free and registration is not required.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching
hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is
a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal
center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics,
women’s services and ambulatory care.
The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides
families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including
pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of
Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and
gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus
of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors residency
programs in radiology and orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully
accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for
nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and is recognized by the American Diabetes
Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254
Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s,
please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.