PATIENT BLOOD MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
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Patient Blood Management Support
SpecialtyCare’s patient blood management program draws on our deep experience as the largest provider of perfusion services in the United States. By combining perfusion expertise with our PBM program, you can further improve clinical outcomes and amplify cost efficiencies. Our perfusionists serve as fully integrated members of your team, following evidence-based practice guidelines for a range of services, including adult and pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass, ventricular assist, ECLS and ECMO, isolated limb perfusion, intraperitoneal hyperthermia, autotransfusion, and platelet-rich plasma therapy.
The perfusion team collects data from more than 130,000 procedures in 350+ hospitals annually. Using SCOPE, the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry®, we identify emerging trends, best practices, and innovative practices that advance patient care.
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We work with your institution to provide the clinical and reimbursement guidance to create a comprehensive program that detects and treats anemia in pre-, intra-, and post-hospital settings. Anemia is extremely common, underrecognized, and undertreated. Treating even mild levels of anemia results in improved outcomes and better quality of life. Early and ongoing detection and treatment of anemia is an important strategy in reducing
Transfusions. In many patients with mild to moderate anemia, evidence suggests that transfusions do not improve outcomes and may instead cause harm.
We provide leading technology for coagulation assessment, as well as evidence-based clinical guidance in coagulation-related management strategies and protocols. Uncontrolled or significant surgical bleeding results in increased costs & poorer outcomes. Excessive bleeding is often avoidable and can be minimized. Careful assessment of coagulation status, and treating any dysfunction, can dramatically reduce surgical bleeding and complications
INTERDISCIPLINARY BLOOD CONSERVATION
We partner with you to determine which of the numerous blood conservation technologies and techniques are most clinically effective and financially sound in your institution. Blood loss and allogeneic blood transfusion can be greatly reduced with the utilization of an appropriate combination of modalities. Meticulous technique and blood conservation modalities can dramatically reduce blood loss and transfusion. Modifying common phlebotomy procedures can conserve a patient’s own blood and avoid hospital-acquired anemia
We provide guidance and structure for an engaged and active patient education and decision-making process. Patient-centered decision-making is a fundamental of our PBM program. It means listening to each patient, educating them, and taking into account their preferences, objectives, and values. We provide critical and current information on risks, benefits, and alternative treatment choices so that the patient can make informed decisions and choose from options that match their values and beliefs. We ensure the chosen path is compliant with hospital policies and is legally and ethically sound.
BLOODLESS MEDICINE AND SURGERY OPTION
The goal of patient blood management is to improve patient outcomes by minimizing the need for blood transfusion for all patients. For some patients, however, blood transfusion is never an option. Many patients object due to religious beliefs while others do so as a result of health concerns, knowledge of potential complications, or other personal convictions. Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, an optional service within our PBM program, has been developed for these patients.
Our specially trained experts provide counseling on the risks and benefits of all treatment options so that patients can make informed decisions that also meet the hospital’s legal and ethical standards and policies.
In addition to helping patients complete the appropriate documentation, we also manage resources—such as NO BLOOD TRANSFUSION wristbands, signage, and paperwork for charts –making it easy for hospital staff to identify those who have selected the bloodless option.
As with our larger PBM program, Bloodless Medicine and Surgery uses a team approach to determine a patient’s blood management needs. We work closely with physicians, nurses, and other paraprofessionals to inform, educate, and develop and implement a plan that will promote blood cell production and coagulation, minimize blood loss, and honor the values of the patient. It is an evidence-based approach designed to improve clinical outcomes while reducing the cost of care.
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