Educational and Electronic-Based Tools to Mitigate the Risk of Transfusion Adverse Events

Jennifer Ding, Rebecca Krey, Laura Malone, Ve Ronika Merrill, Mona Krouss, Jennifer O'Brien, Magali J. Fontaine

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Abstract

The transfusion of blood products is a widely used practice but comes with the risk of transfusion-associated adverse events and fatalities. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate if strict adherence to transfusion guidelines would lead to a decrease in the rate of transfusion reactions that occurred when blood products were given outside of established indications. Hospital-wide educational programs and dedicated electronic transfusion order sets were used to encourage adherence to guidelines. A secondary aim of this study was to evaluate if a decrease in the incidence of transfusion reactions also lead to a decrease in associated healthcare costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E84-E90
JournalJournal for Healthcare Quality
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • patient safety
  • transfusion guidelines
  • transfusion reactions

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