Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

15 Patient Blood Management

Despite the perceived benefit, transfusions can be incredibly risky for the patient. Hospitals must have a clearly-defined process for the evaluation of need, alternatives, and risks versus benefits to encourage the use of blood products only when clinically-deemed necessary and after the exhaustion of all other potential options. Our APSS Blueprints provide healthcare organizations with practical, evidence-based checklists and protocols for storage, testing, transportation, administration, and monitoring during transfusions.


Executive summary

The Problem 1 in 10 in-patients receive at least one unit of blood, making red blood cell (RBC) transfusions one of the most common procedures for hospitals in the US and Europe (Cost et al., 2009). This frequency, coupled with the use of transfusions to manage anemia, a condition impacting 1

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