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Transfusion-Free Program

Transfusion-Free
Program Locations:

Community Memorial Hospital
805/652-5011

Transfusion-Free Program

We are committed to meeting the specialized needs of our patients, including those who prefer or require options for transfusion-free therapy. Our commitment is to provide state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled teams of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and technicians who are specially trained in transfusion-free procedures and who fully understand and support transfusion-free medical
and surgical services.


What is Transfusion-Free Surgery?
In our efforts to continually serve the community, CMH has developed a pulmonary rehabilitation program, Breathing Easy. Our program is designed to enhance the quality of life to the highest possible level, maintain or improve exercise tolerance, decrease hospital days, increase each person's independence, and increase understanding of the individual's pulmonary dysfunction.

The pulmonary rehabilitation team consists of medical doctors, respiratory therapists, registered dietitians, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, and is guided by a physician specializing in pulmonary diseases.

The team has the ultimate goals of:

  • Designing and implementing an individualized program for each patient;
  • Educating, motivating, and rehabilitating each patient to his or her maximum potential for self care and mobility; and
  • Preventing, detecting, and treating complications of C.O.P.D.

In the process, we also hope to:

  • Increase your self-reliance,
  • Improve your quality of life, and
  • Renew your interest in vocational and leisure time activities.

Are all Transfusion-Free Medical Procedures Safe?
Patients eligible for admission into Breathing Easy are those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and other chronic lung disorders. All patients must have a written referral from their physician for the pulmonary rehabilitation program.

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