The Overtransfusion Epidemic
Transfusions are the single most commonly billed hospital in-patient procedure. 15 million transfusions are performed annually in the U.S., with a direct cost of $10-$15 billion annually. A recent study by Premier, a healthcare performance improvement alliance of approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites, looked at 464 member hospitals and concluded that blood utilization represents the eighth highest savings opportunity for hospitals – a savings of $1.06 million per hospital, per year.
“Blood conservation is one of the few areas in medicine where outcomes can be improved, risk reduced, and costs saved, all at the same time.”
Steven Frank, MD
Johns Hopkins University