Exceptional Blood Loss


Acute blood loss anemia

Anemia is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red pigment in red blood cells that transports oxygen. Patients with an exceptional loss of red blood cells from hemorrhage, hemolysis (the disruption of the integrity of the red cell membrane causing a release of hemoglobin) or aplasia (underdevelopment of the cells of tissue or an organ) are at risk for low oxygen levels resulting in a reduced ability to heal.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to boost oxygen levels and treat patients who refuse a blood transfusion.