Author: Tom Coley

Tom Coley, RN, CCP Emeritus, Vice President of Operations, Perfusion Services, is responsible for assisting in the delivery and support of SpecialtyCare’s perfusion and perfusion-related services. As a clinical and operational expert in perfusion, Tom provides national oversight of clinical, productivity, quality, and financial targets, and ensures compliance with The Joint Commission standards, company policies, contractual requirements, and applicable regulations. He has over 40 years of medical experience, encompassing every facet of the cardiac surgery procedure: nursing care, surgical assisting, and operation of the heart-lung machine. Tom also has over 30 years of progressive management experience in perfusion services, including quality oversight, operational management, staff development, and sales support. Tom has a diploma in nursing from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing. He completed his perfusion training at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, PA.

Significant Savings Shown in New Analysis of Intraoperative Autotransfusion

Savings Shown in New Analysis of Intraoperative Autotransfusion

The risks and complications of blood transfusion are well documented. One technique commonly used to help reduce the need for bank blood is autotransfusion, also referred to as intraoperative autotransfusion (IAT) or autologous blood transfusion. IAT is a method of collecting the patient’s blood lost during surgery, processing it, and returning it to the patient. This can significantly reduce, or even eliminate the need for blood transfusions, which in turn reduces complications and the cost of care.