Continuing Education
  • Putting the Patient First in Patient Blood Management: Starting a Patient Blood Management Program at Your Facility

    The majority of blood products are given by anesthesia in the OR. CRNAs should be current on both infectious and non-infectious risks of blood components, indications for blood component therapy, transfusion triggers, and management of transfusion complications such as hemolytic reactions, TACO, and TRALI. At session end, attendees will have learned the recommended indications for blood transfusion according to the latest randomized trials and published society guidelines; how to Identify six interdisciplinary blood conservation modalities in PBM practice that will result in a reduction in blood use, enhanced patient safety, and reduce costs; and be able to list the initial steps and resources for developing a PBM Program.

    Special emphasis will be placed on developing a Blood Management Program and implementing Patient Blood Management Bundles for surgical patients in a healthcare facility. PBM patient care bundles will be outlined including establishing a preoperative anemia clinic, utilizing oral and IV iron preoperatively, blood salvage, minimizing phlebotomy, clinician decision support tools, antifibrinolytics, point-of-care testing, audits with feedback, and education for practitioners and patients. (1 Class A CE with .25 Pharm)