National Patient Blood Management Collaborative
We are pleased to work for the first time with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on establishing a Patient Blood Management Collaborative Program. Due to an increasing body of evidence that recommends reducing blood transfusions and blood products in order to minimise transfusion associated complications, patient blood management has become a major focus in healthcare. This new Collaborative Program aims to focus on improving the management of anemia for patients having elective surgery in the surgical areas of gastrointestinal, gynecological and orthopedics.
We’re providing specialist advice and support to the Commission in implementing this Collaborative including training the Commission team on the collaborative methodology and providing supportive materials including an online quality improvement site and a Collaborative handbook for participants. With 12 areas participating including 25 hospitals from across Australia, nominated Project Coordinators from each of the hospital sites are responsible for driving the change effort. Participants are currently focussing on the development of teams and systems to retrieve information on patient screening prior to surgery and will then look at the interface between primary healthcare and hospitals to improve information sharing in relation to screening and management of anaemia and iron deficiency.
The first learning workshop conducted by us was held in May with representatives from all 12 sites participating. The success of the workshop was reflected in the workshop evaluation rating of 83%. The program will run through to 2017 with an aim to encompass and improve the patient journey, from the time that the need for surgery is identified, through inpatient care, and then subsequent care when patients are back in the community.