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102H – Patient Blood Management: Low-Hanging Fruit to Improve Quality and Promote Safety While Saving Millions

Wednesday, March 25th

About the Session

During this seminar, you will learn how to develop a comprehensive patient blood management program. Explore what actions Yavapai Regional Medical Center implemented to improve its utilization of blood components while improving quality of care and decreasing costs. Transfusions are one of the most prescribed procedures in America at about 30 million blood products per year and are most often not based on recognized evidenced-based guidelines. Although appropriate transfusions can be an important part of life-saving care, most are unnecessary, threaten the safety of patients and quality of individual programs, and are a financial drain on many institutions. Although many physicians recognize this, without a multi-disciplinary, coordinated effort by administration, key stakeholders and hospital champions, correcting this paradigm is extremely difficult.

The development of a comprehensive patient blood management program has been shown to save millions of dollars at even smaller institutions while improving outcomes. This seminar will discuss the need for and benefits of a patient blood management program; provide a comprehensive plan for development of a PBM program; show you ways to choose PBM champions and add physician recruitment to the program; and present actual in-hospital metrics that assess quality and cost-savings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the need for a comprehensive, administrator-led patient blood management program that will improve patient safety and quality and reduce costs.
  • Review the basics of developing a PBM program and assessing the success with verifiable metrics.


Presented By

Pierre Tibi, MD

Chair, Cardiovascular Medicine / President / President
Yavapai Regional Medical Center / Phoenix Cardiac Surgery / Society for the Advancement of Blood Management

Diane M. Drexler, DNP, RN, FACHE

Yavapai Regional Medical Center