Essential Conversations for Informed Consent

When patients are well informed, they are better able to participate in shared decision-making, which has been shown to boost patient outcomes and lead to higher patient and provider satisfaction. 

The resources here are intended to help healthcare teams educate Bloodless Medicine and Surgery patients about their options for transfusion-free care. They use plain language to help patients understand what bloodless medicine and surgery is, as well as how it relates to their healthcare. The combination of print and digital media is designed to give patients of all literacy levels the information they need to make informed treatment decisions. 

More resources will be added in the future so check back periodically to see what’s new!


Infographic: Blood Components vs Blood Fractions

This infographic illustrates the difference between major blood components and minor blood fractions. It also defines each minor fraction, and lists products that contain them. This information can help ensure that patients and their care teams understand each other as they make decisions about what patients will and will not accept as part of their medical treatment.




Disclaimer: These case studies are based on individual patient experiences.  This content is being provided for informational and reference purposes only and should not be used as guidelines for medical decision-making. We advise all clinicians to use independent medical judgment when providing care to patients.   

Video 1: What is Bloodless Medicine & Surgery?

This video introduces patients to the concept of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, clarifies some reasons people choose not to have blood transfusions, and provides an overview of the basic pillars of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. 

Video 2: How is Bloodless Medicine & Surgery Done?

This video clarifies the basic preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative strategies that healthcare providers use in the treatment of bloodless medicine patients.

Video 3: Understanding Blood Components and Fractions 

This video introduces patients to the individual components of whole blood, including fractions from red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma that may be acceptable in the treatment of bloodless medicine patients.