Stewardship: Waste Not, Want Not

51382_strategicA publication in the upcoming Transfusion journal reports on a successful and practical initiative to reduce blood component wastage via a targeted team approach surrounding blood transport and storage. 1

The national wastage rate for blood products within the United States may be as high as 6% with up to 70% of wastage occurring within our operating suites.2 Most of this is due to improper transport and storage. The team from Mayo incorporated methods such as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control), LEAN and PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) to help develop a process with the goal of significantly reducing their facility’s wastage within the surgical arena. The interventions included purchase of special highly reliable storage devices, blood product request and reconciliation tools, and extensive team education. Wastage of red cell units and plasma were compared before and after the implementation. There was concurrent cost accounting to validate savings and return on investment for equipment.

The full article is located at Blood Management

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