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Code Red Labor and Delivery

As an anesthesiologist, I have always said that obstetric anesthesia is the best of times and the worst of times. It often seems that pregnant women are happier to see me than to see their obstetrician, because I am the…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Friday, August 20, 2010 Blood Management

A Washed Cell is a Happy Cell

I recall fondly a button that my early blood management mentor, Dr. Paul Potter, used to wear on his lab coat with that particular saying. Dr. Potter was a staff anesthesiologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, and he…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, July 26, 2010 Blood Management

Nurses at the Heart of Transfusion Safety

This month as we celebrated Nurse’s Week I hope you were all able to reflect on the many contributions that the profession of nursing has made in healthcare. More nursing programs than ever before are embracing evidence-based care models, developing…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Saturday, May 15, 2010 Blood Management

Blood Money

In the current environment of healthcare reform, the pressure for cost savings and cost effective healthcare has never been greater. As I define it, blood management is about quality, safety and stewardship, with a goal to ensure the careful and…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Thursday, April 15, 2010 Blood Management

Proactive vs. Reactive Patient Care: Preoperative Anemia Management

Preoperative preparation and planning are essential for the safe and optimal management of surgical patients. This principal applies to the management of preoperative anemia in elective surgical patients with anticipated major blood loss. As the use of autologous predonation continues…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Monday, March 15, 2010 Blood Management

The Importance of Effective Blood Utilization Committees

February is always a good month to talk about blood utilization oversight because it is the anniversary of the Transfusion Requirements in Critical Care (TRICC) trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 11th, 1999.1 In this…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Blood Management

Pediatric Blood Conservation: A Global Concern

Of the 14 million units of packed red blood cells administered to 4.8 million patients in the United States every year, approximately 1 percent is administered to pediatric patients. Although a small number when compared to adult transfusions, this still…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Blood Management

Blood Management and Transfusion Safety – Recognizing Nursing’s Leading Role

Millions of blood products are transfused each year in the United States–the majority of which are administered by nurses with little formal training in transfusion therapy. While health care resources and the public have focused on the safety of the…

Written by: Mediware Consulting and Analytics on Sunday, November 15, 2009 Blood Management