Re­duc­ing blood trans­fu­sions

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PRACTICES -

1. Make the busi­ness case: Make sure hospi­tal lead­ers un­der­stand that re­sult­ing cost re­duc­tions likely will more than pay for the pro­gram.

2. Find a cham­pion: This pro­gram re­quires a pas­sion­ate front-line worker who has cred­i­bil­ity among peers.

3. Lever­age your ex­ist­ing health IT sys­tems: Use cus­tom­ized alerts and de­ci­sion-sup­port tools to re­in­force your blood-man­age­ment strat­egy.

4. Use ex­ist­ing re­sources: Take ad­van­tage of the tools, in-per­son meet­ings and other op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by pro­fes­sional groups such as the So­ci­ety for the Ad­vance­ment of Blood Man­age­ment.

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