Are you looking to reduce red blood cell wastage? The following information was provided to us at the 2016 AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
A recent study by the University of New Mexico Health Science Center concludes that operating room (RBC) red blood cell wastage has decreased by 66% as a result of educating staff and deploying an LR8 Portable Medical Refrigerator.
The study aimed to reduce waste by providing refrigerators for certain surgeries, through a process improvement project which involved one of our ROW (Refrigerator On Wheels) units.
According to them, red blood cell wastage in the operating room during Jan – July 2015 was well above the average of 6.4%, but after implementing a ROW that number dropped to 2.1% by June 2016.
This reduction in RBC wastage reduced costs. It was further concluded that monitoring wastage was an important part of inventory management.