In September, Choosing Wisely Canada and Canadian Blood Services launched Using Blood Wisely, a national campaign to reduce inappropriate red blood cell transfusions in hospitals across Canada. The campaign challenges hospitals to conduct a spot audit of recent red blood cell transfusions to see how they compare to national appropriateness benchmarks.
To date, over 120 hospitals have officially signed up to take the challenge. Through their participation, these hospitals are leading a concerted effort to conserving Canada’s national blood supply.
Choosing Wisely Canada and Canadian Blood Services would like to thank hospitals that have stepped up thus far. In light of the challenges associated with COVID-19 and to allow more hospitals to participate, we are removing the December 1, 2020 deadline. Hospitals may participate and become eligible for the Using Blood Wisely designation at anytime.
Interested in getting involved? Join the first Using Blood Wisely webinar of 2021 on January 19 at 12 p.m. ET. to learn more.