SEATTLE, Dec. 19, 2006 -- During many surgeries, doctors pump several units of donated blood into their patients. But what if the blood isn't available? The American Red Cross reports donations are not keeping up with increased demand. Now there's a push to use fewer transfusions, and technology is making it possible.
Ivanhoe Broadcast News, which produces a variety of health and medicine stories for hundreds of network TV stations across the county including KING 5 Television in Seattle, recently put together a story about bloodless surgery. Since Swedish has had a Bloodless Medicine Program for years, which is considered one of the best and most progressive of it's kind in the country, Ivanhoe decided to feature Swedish's program in the piece.
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