Plasma Transfusion

Plasma Transfusion and Neuroaxis Procedures The primary question surrounding the need or indication for plasma transfusion in patients undergoing neuro-axis anesthesia must be considered differently based on two clinical populations, specifically those patients taking anticoagulants and those who are not.…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Blood Management

Transfusion Associated Cardiac Overload (TACO)

Transfusion Associated Cardiac Overload Transfusion-associated cardiac overload, known by the acronym TACO, accounted for 22% of the transfusion-related fatalities reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2010 and 2014.1 The recently released National Healthcare Safety Network Surveillance (NHSN)…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, February 29, 2016 Blood Management

Campaign Encourages Better Utilization of Laboratory Tests

American College of Physicians (ACP), the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundations’ “Choosing Wisely” Campaign Encourage Better Utilization of Laboratory Tests The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) is working with…


Anemia POCT Testing

New At-Home Point of Care Test (POCT) for Anemia Will Likely Impact Clinical Laboratories Anemia affects nearly 2 billion people worldwide each year. Currently, anemia is screened using a hematology analyzer found only in clinics and hospitals. The machines require…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, January 4, 2016 Blood Management

Patient Blood Management Review 2015

Patient Blood Management Review 2015: New Knowledge, New Trials, New Possibilities The tradition of highlighting the “Year in Review” of scientific literature supporting blood management originated with Strategic Healthcare Group and continues now with Mediware Consulting & Analytics. In both…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, November 30, 2015 Blood Management

Laboratory Test Management Programs

Reducing Blood Transfusions Through an Effective Laboratory Test Management Program It is well known that the longer a patient stays in the hospital, the more likely one is to develop anemia. This could be due to the fact that patients…


The Rational Use of Blood

“Rationalis” – The Rational Use of Blood In the arena of patient blood management, evidence continues to highlight the need for more restrictive transfusion practice over a broad range of clinical subspecialties. As Dr. Chaplin stated so eloquently in the…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, September 28, 2015 Blood Management

Thawed and Liquid Plasma for Massive Transfusion Protocols

Thawed and Liquid Plasma for Massive Transfusion Protocols The most recent National Collection and Blood Utilization Survey, reporting data from 2011, noted US patients received 3.9 million plasma units that year. At 10 hospitals participating in the National Heart, Lung…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Blood Management

Plasma Use

Plasma Use in the United States Triulzi D. et al. A multicenter study of plasma use in the United States. Transfusion 2015; 55: 1313-1319 Plasma transfusion, historically, has been steeped in much mystery and myth, with wide variability and inappropriate…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, August 3, 2015 Blood Management

Pathogen Reduction Systems

Pathogen Reduction Systems Attain FDA Approval The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deploys a five-layer system to safeguard the volunteer-driven blood system: (1) Donor screening (upfront information about donor eligibility and specific and direct questions), (2) Donor deferral lists…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Blood Management