30 October 2014

Implementing a blood management program for better quality, cost reduction

The healthcare industry is in flux today, and market pressure continues to drive the demand for a more standardized approach to anesthesia care delivery. Anesthesia leaders who actively manage their ORs and who participate in their hospital’s quality initiatives can succeed in this challenging landscape.

Implementing a standardized blood management program is one hospital initiative that addresses many of today’s challenges, including reduced funds, rising blood costs, and the desire for better clinical outcomes. Blood transfusions are one of the most common procedures occurring in hospitals today, but when it comes to this lifesaving treatment, more is not always better. Transfusions come with a high risk of mortality and other dangerous complications, yet they are managed differently from hospital to hospital across the United States.

“Blood transfusions in heart surgery, or anywhere, are only good for you if you really need it. It’s like a liquid organ transplant. If you don’t absolutely need to have it to save your life, you shouldn’t get it.” — Robert Brooker, M.D., Sheridan Anesthesiologist. 

Due to this, several Sheridan anesthesiologists have taken the lead at their facilities to implement blood management programs. These hospitals and their physician partners are spearheading the efforts, studying the impact, and developing the protocols. Find out what Dr. Brooker had to say about new blood conservation techniques in this interview, and bookmark our Resource Library and sign up to read our blood management white paper.