Blood management

Saving Blood Saves Lives

Luka Still was saved with blood conservation practices following a motorcycle accident in 2010

In 2010, The University of Kansas Health System launched the state’s first blood management initiative. Luka Still, a Jehovah's Witness, suffered massive injuries in a high-speed motorcycle crash, and came to The University of Kansas Hospital to receive life-saving treatment that followed his religious beliefs. Read more.

At The University of Kansas Health System, we are committed to blood management. We are the first health system in Kansas that looks at appropriate utilization of blood and the effect it has on patient outcomes. 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.*

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 was so successful, it was awarded the national 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award for Quality by Modern Healthcare magazine and Sodexo Health Care.

Transfusion safety

With the health system’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 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.