Sentara Heart Hospital has introduced a program of blood conservation whereby a heart surgery patient’s blood is salvaged, washed and reinfused as needed throughout surgery. Since piloting the program in February 2012, SHH has seen dramatic results: blood administration during surgery dropped from 46% to 17.18% in 18 months.

Blood conservation program improves care

Sentara Heart Hospital has introduced a program of blood conservation whereby a heart surgery patient’s blood is salvaged, washed and reinfused as needed throughout surgery. Since piloting the program in February 2012, SHH has seen dramatic results: blood administration during surgery dropped from 46% to 17.18% in 18 months.  Blood administration post-surgery went from 32% to 23.49% in the same time period. This proves better patient care and results in a cost savings for the system.