- Blood use cut nearly in half across the 10 procedures that use the most blood: When isolating the top 10 procedures that account for the most use in blood, the data highlights a staggering 40 percent decline in patients who received blood during this period.
- Orthopedic procedures show steepest declines: Most notably, orthopedic surgeries experienced a steady drop in transfusions recorded over a nearly six-year period. When looking at major joint replacements, nearly 75 percent fewer cases recorded a blood transfusion. Additionally, nearly 30 percent fewer patients undergoing hip and femur surgeries received a blood transfusion.
- No compromise in quality of care: When compared with quality data, trends suggest that reduced blood utilization didn't negatively impact patient outcomes - as rates of mortality, complications and readmissions also fell.
Example of success at member health systems include:
- Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.) decreased the number of blood transfusions administered by 35 percent and generated a savings of $2 million over the course of two years.
- Mercy Health (Cincinnati ) realized $6.2 million in savings as a result of conserving red blood cell, platelet, plasma and cryo use (70 percent of the savings resulted from reducing blood use). The savings reflects conservation efforts in both inpatient and outpatient facilities over a three-year period.
- BayCare Health System (Tampa, Fla.) experienced a 54 percent decrease in red blood cell use, which amounts to more than 58,000 units saved. While the focus of this effort has been devoted to improving quality of care, BayCare has also been able to significantly reduce spending on blood.