Optimizing Blood Administration to Enhance Patient Safety
February 23, 2017 — 10:30AM EST - 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Continuing Education Credits:
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.