6 December 2013

MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL SETS THE STANDARD FOR BLOOD CONSERVATION.

When physicians and hospital leaders instituted a blood conservation program at Memorial Regional Hospital, transfusion rates for open-heart patients dropped from 59 percent to 19 percent between 2006 and 2011. Protocols included drawing a unit of the patient’s blood before surgery, eliminating unnecessary doses of blood thinners and standardizing transfusion thresholds.

Read why rates of infections, re-operations and the incidence of heart surgery-related strokes all declined by half or more over the same six-year period in this Sun Sentinel article. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-blood-transfusion-conservation-20131108,0,4492274,full.story What are your hospital’s blood conservation measures?