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Preserve the reserve
Health challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic reinforce the need for patient blood management.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen reductions in blood donation create a critical shortage in the blood supply. Around the world, experts have called for healthcare systems to reduce their dependency on blood transfusions and preserve the patients’ own blood.1
Is a transfusion needed?
Up to 60% of blood transfusions may be considered inappropriate3
Analysis of 450 typical inpatient medical, surgical, and trauma scenarios by an international multidisciplinary panel of 15 experts using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness.3
How does your hospital compare?
There is wide variation in transfusion use between hospitals, and individual surgeons4–7
Considerable cost savings may be achieved if rates are reduced to exemplars.
Health Roundtable has analysed transfusion rates in key elective procedures in more than 200 hospitals in Australia and NZ.5
Patient blood management
“Patient blood management is an evidence-based bundle of care that
optimizes medical and surgical patient outcomes by clinically managing and preserving a patient’s blood”
- Leahy et al. 20178
Patient blood management programs are associated with improved outcomes8,9
What can clinicians do to strike a balance between providing benefit for patients while avoiding risks of transfusion?
Minimise blood loss with adjunctive haemostats
Minimising blood loss is an essential part of patient blood management.3,4,8–12
Use of adjunctive haemostats can help reduce the risk of transfusions.13–22
*Results may vary by specific adjunctive haemostat used.
Haemostasis Optimisation Program
Ethicon’s evidence-based, Haemostasis Optimisation Program offers a systematic approach to surgical bleeding. It provides guidance on selecting the right adjunctive haemostat for the right bleeding site and situation. The program has been proven to reduce surgical variation, maximise efficiency and improve outcomes.13
For further information, please contact your Ethicon representative.
*Results may vary by specific adjunctive haemostat used
Be part of the solution
Reduce the risk of blood transfusions with Ethicon’s broad portfolio of haemostats, designed to address a wide range of bleeding situations, including the three most common.13,23
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2. Press release. Experts Underscore Essential Role for Patient Blood Management (PBM) in and beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic. https://pr.euractiv.com/pr/experts-underscoreessential-role-patient-blood-management-pbm-and-beyond-covid-19-pandemic (Accessed 25 November 2020).
3. Shander A et al. Transfus Med Rev. 2011;25(3):232‒246.e53.
4. National Blood Authority (NBA). Patient Blood Management Guidelines. Available at: www.blood.gov.au/pbm-guidelines (accessed July 2020).
5. Health Roundtable. National variation in RBC Transfusion Rate: How does your hospital compare? [Poster].
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7. Qian F et al. Ann Surg. 2013;257(2):266–78.
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9. Althoff FC et al. Ann Surg. 2019;269(5):794–804.
10. Spahn DR and Goodnough LT. Lancet. 2013;381(9880):1855–65.
11. Hofmann A et al. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2012;25(1):66–73.
12. Isbister JP. Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2013;27(1):69–84.
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14. Notarnicola A et al. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2012;23(4):278–84.
15. Levy J et al. Anesth Analg. 2010;110(2):354–64.
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17. Sabatini L et al. J Orthop Traumatol. 2013;13(3):145–51.
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20. Liu L et al. PLoS One. 2013;8(5):e64261.
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22. Joseph T et al. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2004;27(5):549–52.
23. Ethicon Haemostats. Product Information and Instructions for Use. Ethicon, Inc.