Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) facilitate the organized delivery of blood components for traumatically injured patients. MTPs vary across institutions, and ratios of blood components can change during clinical management. As a result, significant amounts of components can be wasted. We completed a review of all MTP activations from 2015 to 2018, providing an in-depth analysis of waste in our single Level 1 trauma center. An interdepartmental group analyzed patterns of blood component wastage to guide three quality improvement initiatives. Specifically, we (1) completed a digital timeline for each MTP activation and termination, (2) improved communications between departments, and (3) provided yearly training for all personnel about MTP deployment. The analysis identified an association between delayed MTP deactivations and waste (RR=1.48, CI 1.19-1.85, p=0.0005).Anoverallimprovementinwastewasseenovertheyears,butthiscouldnotbeattributed to increased closed-loop communication as determined by the proportion of non-stop activations (F(124,3)=0.98, not significant). Delayed MTP deactivations are the primary determinant of blood component waste. Our proactive intervention on communications between groups was not sufficient in reducing the number of delayed deactivations. However, implementing a digital timeline and regular repetitive training yielded a significant reduction in wasted blood components.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2021|
- Blood component transfusion
- Massive transfusion protocol
- Quality improvement