Memorial Regional Hospital's blood conservation program, which includes guidelines that involve how patients are treated before and during surgery, helped cut the need for blood transfusions in open-heart surgery and prevented heart surgery-related deaths, infections, strokes and re-operations. The hospital made several changes to their guidelines in 2008, including avoiding unnecessary doses of blood thinners and administering proper preoperative medications, drawing a unit of the patient's blood prior to surgery, and standardizing how anti-bleeding medications are administered during surgery.

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