blood cells, academic tertiary medical center, goal, blood type, problem solving, followup, goal, root cause analysis, reports
MANAGEMENT OF O NEGATIVE BLOOD USE
O registered blood cells are the universal donor but it comprises only 7% of the blood supply. As a result, inappropriate use can result in shortages.
At an academic tertiary care medical center, a performance improvement goal was established that O negative blood cells would make up less than 12% of all blood type transfused by the end of their fiscal year.
A root cause analysis established reasons for the use of O negative blood cells. A number of countermeasures were initiated using the plan, do, study, act (PDSA) problem solving model. Using newly created follow-up usage reviews, the goal of <12% was exceeded.
Next steps include sustaining the established goal using monthly usage reports.
Weiler, Wendy; Cook, Tracy; MMC Blood Bank; Parker, Mark; Tyzik, Stephen; Nayak, Suneela; Hanselman, Ruth; and Sparks, Amy, "Reducing O Negative Blood Product Usage in a Tertiary Care Academic Medical Center" (2018). Operational Excellence. 3.