LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Hospitals can improve patient care and significantly reduce the number of blood transfusions patients receive by following guidelines for using blood components, according to case study results from hospitals in Northern California who participated in a blood management program, BloodSmart™, through BloodSource. The study results are being presented at the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) annual meeting here today.
“The BloodSmart blood management program helps hospitals educate their medical staff on best practices which, in turn, leads to a reduction in the use of blood components”
Four abstracts will be presented:
- An Active Blood Management Program is Associated with a Very Low Regional Transfusion Rate of 31 RBC Transfusions per 1000 Population, identifies stellar results by combining evidence-based and interdisciplinary consultative services regarding blood inventory management, appropriate blood utilization and avoidance of unnecessary transfusions.
- Eliminating Unnecessary Washing of Red Blood Cell Units, reports a nearly 90% reduction in usage due to implementation of processes identified through specific blood center-hospital collaboration.
- A Formalized Blood Management Program (BMP) Results in Better Patient Care and More Efficient Utilization of Resources, shows that having a readily identifiable program supported by transfusion medicine experts leads to increased customer satisfaction, enhanced workflow efficiencies, better overall utilization of resources and improved patient care.
- Specially Selected Single Donor Plateletpheresis (SS-SDP) Units Lead to Better Patient Care and Blood Utilization. The study results show a large Apheresis Platelet Donor (APD) population, along with specialized HLA and Immunohematology Reference Laboratory testing services, is needed to support patients with unique transfusion needs.
“The BloodSmart blood management program helps hospitals educate their medical staff on best practices which, in turn, leads to a reduction in the use of blood components,” said Wendy Knowles, BloodSource Vice President and Transfusion Safety Officer. "We have been helping the hospitals we serve provide the best of transfusion medicine for 65 years and more recently formalized our processes into the BloodSmart blood management program. Our hospital clients strive for the best possible patient outcomes and BloodSource physicians and the BloodSmart program fully align with that goal.”
The abstracts can be found on the BloodSmart (Transfusion Management with BloodSource) website at www.bloodsmart.org following the SABM annual meeting.
About BloodSmart™: BloodSmart is a comprehensive, transfusion management program offering personal consultation and web-based tools. Developed by California-based BloodSource, a leading not-for-profit blood center, BloodSmart offers hospitals a tailored, hands-on program created and provided by the BloodSource medical team with decades of transfusion medicine experience.
Media availability: BloodSmart experts are available for interview upon request.