5 years ago

A novel approach to improving efficiency and cost saving in preoperative blood preparation

David C. Boulware, David A. Edwards, Kaaron Benson, Mark J. Rice, Sephalie Y. Patel, Andrew Serdiuk, Susan J. Cook
BACKGROUND Preoperative ordering of blood products has been an area of optimization due to considerable variability among physicians; overpreparation can lead to extra costs and underpreparation of blood can potentially compromise patient safety. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS We examined the potential cost savings of extending the storage interval of a presurgical type-and-screen sample from 7 to 14 days, thereby reducing the need for a new specimen on the day of surgery. RESULTS Sensitivity analysis showed annual cost savings for our institution to be an estimated $38,770 ($22,420-$73,120). CONCLUSION These results are even more robust when incorporating the additional potential savings from improved operating room efficiency.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/trf.14331

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