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Blood Utilization and Patient Blood Management

Elements of an effective blood utilization/patient blood management program include:

  • Decision process for transfusion (patients clinical status and relevant laboratory test results
  • Transfusion guidelines/triggers
  • Review of transfusion alternatives
  • Patient informed consent prior to any transfusions
  • Hospital transfusion practice audits

For blood utilization best practice topics, visit our Professional Education website.

To further guide optimal patient transfusion decisions and practice, Choosing Wisely Canada and Choosing Wisely initiatives have published a list of things physicians and patients should question.