Hospitals Improve Transfusion-Related Patient Outcomes, Lower Costs
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To improve blood transfusion-related patient outcomes, patient safety and blood management costs, 22 hospitals in five states have contracted to use the Strategic Blood ManagementTM system from Strategic Healthcare Group LLC (SHG).
SHG will provide blood management services to the following five healthcare systems representing more than 6,800 licensed beds:
- Carondelet Health Network, Tucson, Ariz. – including St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Tucson Heart Hospital.
- St. Vincent Health System, Indianapolis, Ind. – including St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, St. Vincent Hospital Carmel, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, St. Vincent Heart Center, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital.
- Allina Health System, Minneapolis, Minn. – including Mercy Hospital, Unity Hospital, United Hospital and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
- Covenant Health, Knoxville, Tenn. – including Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center.
- Baptist Health System, San Antonio, Texas – including Baptist Medical Center, St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, North Central Baptist Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital and Southeast Baptist Hospital.
SHG’s Strategic Blood Management™ system, commercially available since 2006, helps hospitals audit, assess and benchmark their blood management practices against standardized criteria, and trains clinical and administrative staff on blood management best practices. More than 60 U.S. hospitals now use the SHG program, reducing their annual blood use by 15 to 35 percent, on average, and saving $1 to $3 million per year in blood-related costs.
“Rising blood management costs, intermittent blood shortages, regulatory mandates and quality of care concerns are encouraging hospitals to find more effective ways to manage blood products,” said Timothy Hannon, M.D., president and founder of Strategic Healthcare Group. “There is growing demand for our blood management services because we help hospitals develop safe, efficient and effective blood utilization practices, which significantly reduces unnecessary transfusions. Our services also benefit local communities, through better stewardship of the blood supply and lower healthcare costs.”
SHG’s suite of blood management services include Web-based portals for learning management (Blood Management University™), knowledge management (Blood Management Exchange™) and data management (BloodStat™ Multidimensional Analytics). SHG seeks to enhance clinical knowledge and utilization of enhanced blood management processes, since hospital staff members typically have significant gaps in knowledge of appropriate blood utilization practices.
“As multiple studies have shown, excessive use of blood products increases patient risk and hospital costs; the total cost to a hospital of transfusing a patient is five times greater than actual blood acquisition costs, when accounting for all resources and adverse events,” Dr. Hannon said. “Most physicians and nurses lack formal training in current transfusion guidelines and best practices. We are committed to educating and empowering hospital staff to treat blood transfusions with the highest degree of care, making sure we are giving the right dose of blood to the right patient at the right time.”
On behalf of SHG, Dr. Hannon will be participating in the AABB Annual Meeting and the National Blood Foundation events, Oct. 9-12, in Baltimore, Md.
About Strategic Healthcare Group
Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Strategic Healthcare Group LLC is the leading provider of blood management consulting, education and informatics solutions, partnering with the U.S. blood collection industry and a growing number of healthcare systems to promote patient safety and improve stewardship of the blood supply. The Strategic Blood Management™ system employs a suite of innovative tools to reduce unnecessary transfusions, resulting in substantial savings of healthcare resources and healthcare dollars while improving quality and patient safety. Further information is available at www.BloodManagement.com.
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