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Blood Management

Responsible blood use improves patient outcomes

The University of Kansas Hospital is committed to a blood management program.  The program links patient care outcomes to our vision of leading the nation in caring, healing, teaching and learning. We are the first hospital in Kansas that looks at appropriate utilization of blood and the effect it has on patient outcomes.

Our blood management program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary planned approach to patient care that begins at diagnosis. This planned approach has patient safety at its core with the goal of reducing patient exposure to blood. It results in fewer complications and shorter lengths of stay.

Patient blood management is defined as the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding in an effort to improve patient outcomes.* This includes respecting your wishes, based on religious beliefs, not to receive blood transfusions.

*Source: www.sabm.org

We tailor a blood management program to your individual needs. This includes respecting your wishes, based on religious beliefs, not to receive blood transfusions.

Our “Saving Blood Saves Lives” program has been given the national Spirit of Excellence Award for Quality by Modern Healthcare magazine and Sodexo Health Care. Read the press release.

Transfusion safety

With the hospital’s blood management program, the use of blood in transfusions has been reduced by 29 percent in the last two years. For more information about blood transfusions, use our health library resources.

Anemia

Anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when there are fewer red blood cells than normal, and there is not enough hemoglobin transported to supply the body. For more information about anemia, use our health library resources. 

If you have any questions or comments, you may contact our blood management team by email.