Reducing blood transfusions
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.