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Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusions

Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusions and Health Care Associated Infections Rohde J et al.  Health care-associated infection after red blood cell transfusion: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2014; 311: 1317-1326 Transfusion of blood products is the most common procedure…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Blood Management

The Rise of Designer Blood Products

The Rise of Designer Blood Products 4 Factor PCCs Blood factor concentrates are not new, but most U.S. physicians are only vaguely familiar with them.  Single or multiple blood factor concentrates were originally developed to treat patients with congenital clotting…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Blood Management

Blood Management Year in Review 2015 – Part 2

Blood Management Year in Review – Part II This is Part II (see Part I) of a blog based upon my Blood Management University® year-end webinar by the same title, where I tried to hit the high points of the…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, December 30, 2013 Blood Management

Blood Management Year in Review 2015 – Part I

Blood Management Year in Review – Part I This is Part I of a blog based upon my Blood Management University year-end webinar by the same title, where I tried to hit the high points of the transfusion medicine literature.…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, December 30, 2013 Blood Management

Premedication for Prevention of Transfusion Reactions

Premedication for Prevention of Transfusion Reactions – A Practice Without Evidence Febrile non-hemolytic (FNHTR) and allergic transfusion (ATR) reactions have historically been reported to occur in up to 30% of transfusions, however with the use of leukoreduction and single-donor apheresis…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, August 26, 2013 Blood Management

Stewardship of Blood

Stewardship: Waste Not, Want Not A 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…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Blood Management

Transfusion in Sepsis

Transfusion in Sepsis – The Controversy Continues Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion in septic patients remains a controversial topic. The well-known and often quoted article by Rivers et al. in New England Journal of Medicine, 2001, was one of the…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Blood Management

Ringing the TACO Bell

TACO Hats off and ring the bell for Dr. Alam et al. for their upcoming article “The prevention of transfusion-associated circulatory overload” in Transfusion Medicine Reviews, anticipated in print April, 2013!  This review is outstanding as it guides us through…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Blood Management

The Importance of Physician Opinion Leaders in Blood Management Programs

The Importance of Physician Opinion Leaders March is a great time to talk about physician opinion leaders because March 30th is National Doctors Day. Physicians are clearly a key stakeholder group for appropriate blood use, so their engagement and ownership…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, March 25, 2013 Blood Management

Is it Time for Goal-Directed Management of Gastrointestinal Bleeding?

Goal-Directed Management of Gastrointestinal Bleeding Gastrointestinal bleeding accounts for more than 450,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States and is a major consumer of blood products.1 Blood transfusions are given to 21- 43% of these patients, and acute upper gastrointestinal…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Blood Management