Release Date: Jun 2017
CC: PC, MK, PBL, ICS, PR
Lawrence A. Williams, III, MD
Director of Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Blood management programs have become more prominent in the past 15 years after results of the transfusion requirements in critical care (TRICC) trial were published in 1999. Since then, hospitals have become more interested in limiting the amount of blood that patients receive unnecessarily. However, initiating and seeing success in a blood management program is not easy, since it involves changing physician perceptions and practice. In a university setting, blood management programs must address a large number of physicians and specialties, each one often having very defined historic patterns of blood usage. While in a community setting, practitioners may be more generalized in their practice, but are no less set in their ways regarding transfusion practices. This session will discuss the challenges and strategies for success while running a blood management program in these two settings.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
· Understand the core principles of blood management.
· Learn the differences between blood management in a university versus a community hospital setting.
· Learn strategies for success in each practice setting.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists & Technicians, Students