Reducing the wastage of blood products by changing clinical practice

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This article has been double-blind peer reviewedIn this article…Possible reasons for wastage of red blood cell unitsRationale behind the use of single-unit transfusionsDescription of an improvement project to reduce donor blood wastageBefore 2013, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board had one of the highest levels of red blood cell unit wastage in Wales. An improvement project led by a transfusion practitioner and former critical care nurse was launched to reduce that wastage by decreasing the number of inappropriate requests for blood products and encouraging requests for single blood units. This article describes the project, its outcomes, the tools used to implement change, and the next challenges in minimising wastage and promoting the use of single-unit transfusions.

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