SOURCE: Strategic Healthcare Group

Strategic Healthcare Group

June 04, 2013 06:30 ET

Answer for Summer Blood Shortage Is Better Blood Utilization: Infographic From Strategic Healthcare Group

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) -  Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and with summer comes blood shortages because there are more accidents and fewer blood drives. A new infographic from Strategic Healthcare Group (www.bloodmanagement.com) shows that hospitals can conserve blood products while increasing patient safety by implementing an evidence-based blood management program.

Highlights of the infographic include:

  • Transfusions in United States are up 140 percent since the 1970s and are now the most frequent procedure for hospitalized patients.

  • About 5 million people in United States receive blood annually, which is 44 percent higher than Canada and 15 percent higher than Europe per capita.

  • Each additional unit of blood given raises the risk of complications, including the risk of hospital-acquired infections such as sepsis, longer hospital stays and even death.

  • Risk of under-diagnosed complications such as transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO) and transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) are significantly more common than the risk of contracting HIV during a blood transfusion.

A copy of the infographic is available at http://www.bloodmanagement.com/the-bleeding-edge-bulletin/the-need-for-evidence-based-management-infographic.

About Strategic Healthcare Group
Strategic Healthcare Group is the leading provider of blood management consulting, education and informatics solutions to drive sustainable value for quality-driven hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States. Hospitals using the Strategic Blood Management™ system have achieved significant reductions in blood utilization, resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings through the reduction of unnecessary transfusions, while improving patient safety and the quality of care. More information is available at www.bloodmanagement.com.

Strategic Healthcare Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mediware Information Systems, Inc., a NASDAQ listed healthcare technology company (NASDAQ: MEDW). Information on Mediware is available at www.mediware.com.

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