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November 14, 2013
New Technology Reduces Blood Transfusions

DELAND, Fla., November 15, 2013 – Florida Hospital DeLand is the only facility in the area to offer a new advanced technology that allows patients to use their own blood during and after surgeries, rather than relying on blood transfusions.

The technology, called OrthoPAT, is an autotransfusion system that is used both during surgeries, as well as during postoperative care. It is the first system designed specifically for orthopedic patients and is the only system to continuously salvage a patient’s blood that is shed both during and after surgery.

Autotransfusion is the process of collecting viable red blood cells shed by a patient during surgery, processing them and reinfusing them to the patient. The goal of autotransfusion is to reduce the amount of banked blood required by patients, thereby reducing the risk of infectious disease transmission or other complications of donor blood transfusion.

“With OrthoPAT, we’ve seen a significant reduction in transfusion rates for our orthopedic program,” said Kem Castle, Florida Hospital DeLand Orthopedic Serviceline Manager. “Our transfusion rate was as high as 30 percent, and now it is as low as 7 percent.”

The OrthoPAT system collects blood aspirated both during surgery, as well as postoperatively from the patient's wound drain. It continuously washes and concentrates the red blood cells collected, preparing them for reinfusion to the patient.

“You can definitely see a difference with patients, even the day of surgery” said Castle. “With our new OrthoPAT system, patients are more alert and awake following their surgery and we've even been able to discharge some patients on post-op day two.”

Similar to the size of an infusion pump, the OrthoPAT system mounts to an IV-pole and easily follows the patient from the operating room to the recovery room, and then onto the patient floor. In addition, the OrthoPAT is highly automated and simple to operate, eliminating the need for a dedicated operator to monitor its operation.

Florida Hospital DeLand is a designated Orthopaedic Center of Excellence and has been nationally recognized for ranking in the top 10 percent for quality in joint replacement surgery. The facility has also earned the prestigious Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, Disease-Specific Care Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery.

About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a 156-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.

Photo Caption:
Lynn Ives Winter, a 73-year-old Debary resident, underwent a left total knee arthroplasty at Florida Hospital DeLand. Here, Kathy Buckler, RN, Florida Hospital DeLand Orthopedic/Surgical Unit clinical lead nurse, explains the OrthoPAT technology to Winter.

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