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HOSPITALS AND
HEALTH CLINICS

Last year Canadian Blood Services provided more than one million units of blood and blood-derived products to 700 hospitals and clinics across the country. Our history of close collaboration with health-care providers is reflected in the most obvious measure of performance success: we once again earned a 98 per cent satisfaction rating among large hospitals that use 3,000 or more units of red blood cells annually.

One area of shared focus is effective utilization of blood products to ensure optimal patient care while maximizing cost-efficiency. In May 2014 we launched a new reporting system that enables hospital blood banks to better evaluate the inventory of all fresh blood components and plasma products in their facilities. Using this web-based application, administrators can monitor daily use of specific products and gauge current inventories with reference to the overall supply available from Canadian Blood Services. By March 2015 the system was supporting more than 1,200 individual user accounts.

These enhanced management tools are part of a broader pan-Canadian initiative to promote more effective blood product utilization across the country’s health-care systems.

98%

Satisfaction rating from Canadian hospitals for the
second consecutive year

FOCAL POINT:  THE CANADIAN BLOOD UTILIZATION COLLABORATIVE
FOCAL POINT:  THE CANADIAN BLOOD UTILIZATION COLLABORATIVE

In 2014–2015 we made progress toward our vision of a pan-Canadian initiative to optimize the use of blood products. Working closely with government representatives and recognized leaders from Canada’s transfusion medicine community, we formally launched the Canadian Blood Utilization Collaborative, which will develop innovative utilization programs focused on hospital-level performance while measuring outcomes with a system-wide view.

Our overarching goal is to foster the evidence-based analysis required to support further investment in utilization initiatives. By understanding how blood products can be used more efficiently and effectively — through examining individual hospitals’ performance and making accurate comparisons among peer institutions — we can gain insights that will inform clinical practice, policy-making and funding decisions across the country.

Chad Walters

In Feb. 2015, Chad led a campaign to recruit gay men to participate in a “Rainbow Blood Donor Clinic”, donating blood for research at the Network Centre for Applied Development in Vancouver. The only clinic of its kind in the world, the research is aimed at improving the quality of blood for recipients.