RS2 Multidisciplinary Development and Implementation of a Blood Conservation Program Among Coronary Artery Bypass Patients

Linda Henry, Linda Halpin, Sari D. Holmes, Alan Speir, Elmer Choi, David Fitzgerald, Anthony Rongione, Niv Ad; Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Falls Church, VA

To examine the effect of blood product use on patients’ outcomes after isolated first-time coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and to determine if a multidisciplinary blood conservation program resulted in reduced use of blood products and any associated cost savings for the program.

According to the 2009 National Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database, 59% of all CABG patients receive blood products. Receipt of blood products has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and decreased quality of life beyond hospitalization.

Our institutional STS database (overseen and managed by our advanced practice specialist) was used retrospectively to track use of blood products, operative mortality,...

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