Project wins award

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

An award-win­ning ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped by Auck­land Dis­trict Health Board is be­ing adopted by Aus­tralia as a way to con­serve do­nated blood.

The board re­cently re­ceived a pub­lic sec­tor ex­cel­lence award for its Blood is a Gift project, which re­duces the amount of blood wasted dur­ing trans­fu­sions.

An­drew Old, who re­ceived the award on be­half of the board, says the project achieved stun­ning re­sults by chang­ing staff pro­cesses and be­hav­iour.

‘‘It’s about do­ing the right thing for pa­tients, and us­ing the pre­cious gift of blood wisely and sav­ing money in the process.’’

In­ter­na­tional stud­ies show that around 30 per cent of blood prod­ucts pre­scribed may not ac­tu­ally be needed.

In re­sponse, blood trans­fu­sion com­mit­tee chair­man Kerry Gunn set about cre­at­ing an aware­ness cam­paign that en­cour­aged one unit of blood be­ing trans­fused in­stead of two as part of nor­mal prac­tice.

Re­assess­ment of the pa­tient’s needs fol­lows the ini­tial trans­fu­sion.

‘‘The re­sults have been stun­ning with a sav­ing of more than 6500 units of blood and plasma, and a cost sav­ing of more than $2 mil­lion,’’ Dr Gunn says.

‘‘But more im­por­tantly we know that what we are do­ing is safer for our pa­tients and that we are us­ing the pre­cious gift of blood wisely.’’

Waitem­ata and Coun­ties Manukau boards have adopted the ini­tia­tive. Ju­nior doc­tors ro­tate be­tween the three boards.

The Aus­tralian New Zealand So­ci­ety of Blood Trans­fu­sion is rolling out the scheme in Aus­tralia.

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