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Optimizing Blood Administration to Enhance Patient Safety

February 23, 2017 — 10:30AM - 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
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This session presents an overview of our optimization of the blood administration process to enhance patient safety, going from a hybrid electronic/paper format to all electronic format using barcode scanning and embedding clinical decision support into our red blood cell orders to guide providers to order appropriately. Strategies for implementing these changes, the challenges and barriers we faced and how we overcame them will be discussed. These optimizations resulted in enhanced patient safety because of barcode scanning and an improved way for clinicians to see the patient's transfusion history. It is easier for clinicians to obtain blood and document the transfusion. The embedded clinical decision support has led to an 18% decrease in ordering of red blood cell transfusions which also decreases the risk of transfusions for patients.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Summarize the patient safety outcomes resulting from optimization of the blood administration process
  • Identify three benefits for clinicians gained from optimizing blood administration
  • List two outcomes of using embedded clinical decision support to guide ordering of blood products
  • Discuss challenges faced when optimizing blood administration and strategies to overcome them
  • Describe methods to use during training and implementation to enhance the user experience


Clinical Informaticists
Nurse, CNO, CNIO
Physician, CMO, CMIO




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