Less Likely to Need a Blood Transfusion

Our patients are less likely to need a blood transfusion* during or after an operation, leading to reduced chances in complications post-surgery, such as wound infections or other negative reactions due to the transfusion itself.

Roughly only 20 percent of our patients receive a blood transfusion compared to the average of 42 percent of patients within other national heart programs*. This drastic decrease is because roughly 49 percent of our patients undergo off-pump heart bypass surgery. When a patient is able to have off-pump heart bypass surgery, the heart-lung bypass machine that requires blood transfusion is not used. Instead, the patient’s heart stays beating on its own throughout the procedure keeping all physiologic functions of the body intact.

Although blood transfusion is necessary sometimes, Halifax Health is proud to perform a majority of our heart bypass surgeries without the need for a transfusion.

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*Data based on the current analysis of national data on cardiac surgery performance covering the period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 through The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.