Operational Excellence
 

Document Type

A3

Publication Date

10-2018

Institution/Department

Maine Medical Center

MeSH Headings

blood cells, academic tertiary medical center, goal, blood type, problem solving, followup, goal, root cause analysis, reports

Abstract

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

Next steps include sustaining the established goal using monthly usage reports.

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