Why Give Two When One Will Do?


A toolkit for reducing unnecessary red blood cell transfusions in hospitals.

This toolkit was created to support the implementation of interventions designed to reduce unnecessary red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in your institution or hospital. It can be used by Transfusion Medicine departments, physician groups, clinical services or organizations to help achieve significant reductions in inappropriate RBC transfusions.

By using the interventions mentioned in this toolkit Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, was able to reduce their monthly RBC usage by 29%, and Nova Scotia Health Authority was able to reduce their use of RBC transfusion by 16.4%.


Yulia Lin, MD, FRCPC,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & University of Toronto

Troy Thompson, MLT, BAHSc
Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network on behalf of the Ontario Transfusion Quality Improvement Plan Committee