Every Drop Counts – Grace Hospital Laboratory Among First to Receive National “Using Blood Wisely” Designation
December 21, 2020 – We could not be more proud of the collective efforts of Lab staff at the Grace! The Grace Hospital and HSC Winnipeg have become the first hospitals in Canada to receive the national “Using Blood Wisely” designation!
Our hospitals are recognized for significant achievements in meeting national appropriateness benchmarks for reducing inappropriate red blood cell transfusions.
Protecting Canada’s blood supply has never been more important due to the urgent care needs and constraints related to COVID-19. Grace Hospital and HSC both accelerated their efforts in response to anticipated blood shortages in the province.
“These designations are an exciting achievement for all levels of health care, from leadership to front line staff, says Dr. Charles Musuka, Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine, Shared Health. “We are so grateful for the hard work and dedication of all clinical and laboratory staff in Manitoba. This is a testament to their commitment to providing the best possible care for patients and best practices in Manitoba.”
With over 120 hospitals participating in the challenge, the “Using Blood Wisely” Campaign tasks hospitals to conduct a spot audit of recent red blood cell transfusion to see how they compare to national appropriateness benchmarks. Additionally, the hospitals strive to pursue best practices in transfusion medicine and to work to deliver safe, quality, and appropriate care. When every drop counts, it takes a concerted effort to safeguard Canada’s blood supply.
Read More at ChoosingWiselyManitoba.ca