More than 30 percent of the world’s population suffers from anemia, and cases of anemia increase during hospitalizations. Red blood cell transfusion is currently the primary treatment for anemia, but it’s also one of the most overused. Patient Blood Management can improve outcomes for these patients and save hospitals money. WSHA Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality Operations Jennifer Graves will speak on the topic at the Foundation for Health Care Quality’s Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP) Annual Statewide meeting June 6.
Patient Blood Management is a proactive, patient-centered and multidisciplinary approach to manage anemia, improve hemostasis, minimize any blood loss related to clinical care and manage the patient’s tolerance to anemia. At the June 6 meeting, Jennifer and other leaders will discuss the launch of Washington’s first statewide Patient Blood Management Program, which was launched through a collaborative partnership between WSHA and COAP. (Tamara Glover)