Barriers and enablers to introducing comprehensive patient blood management in the hospital

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    be patient-focused, taking into account various phases of trans-fusion including the pre-transfusion phase that focuses on thepatients evaluation and clinical management, the decision totransfuse, the transfusion act proper as well as post-transfusionsurveillance.

    presentations where applicable. An operational manual is drawnfor tasks requiring manipulations. With appropriate implementa-tion and surveillance, these contribute signicantly to enablingPBM.

    Guidelines for the appropriate clinical use of blood have alsobeen developed by theWHO and are available in various formats toall. These have been modied and adapted to various settings, and40 countries of the AFRO region have developed guidelines for theclinical use of blood [3].

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    Biologicals 40 (2012) 205e208E-mail address: a statement from the American Association of Blood Banks(AABB), a comprehensive PBM programme should include: appro-priate indications; minimization of blood loss; maximization ofpatient red cell mass as well as being evidence-based [2]. Thiswould involve equilibrated interactions between various stake-holders and factors including transfusion services; associatedlaboratory services; clinicians (surgeons, anaesthetists, paediatri-cians, obstetricians-gynaecologists, internists and nurses amongstothers) as well as the beneciaries (patients). Thus, PBM ought to

    2.1. Standards and guidelines

    Quality documents should be available which provide infor-mation on policies; organizational systems, specic methods andactivities to be accomplished. Such information documents includetechnical reports, regulatory texts, records, norms & recommen-dations; clerical procedures including standard operating proce-dures (SOPs) established for various activities. The different tasksare distinguished with theoretical descriptions and diagrammatic1. Introduction

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    2. Barriers and enablers of patient blood management

    Within the hospital setting, several factors may intervene atvarious levels as barriers or enablers of PBM such as standards/guidelines; professional leadership and commitment; humanresources (quality and quantity); clinicians as well as relevantprogrammes put in place to accompany these (see Section 2.5below).Enablers reserved.Barriers and enablers to introducing comin the hospital

    Dora Mbanya*

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    Article history:Received 2 November 2011Received in revised form16 January 2012Accepted 17 January 2012

    Keywords:Patient blood managementBlood transfusion

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  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology services were the greatest users of blood ina hospital setting of Cameroon [5,6] whichwould not be the patternin the developed countries. Some issues identied includedavoidable blood prescriptions from misdiagnosis; indispensableones due to late diagnosis and in some cases inappropriate quan-tities were prescribed. Paramedical staff represented the mainprescribers in some instances and whole blood was prescribed inmore than 90% cases [5]. Another study in East Africa reportedmalaria and bleeding disorders as the main indications for trans-fusion with 58% transfusions consisting of whole blood [7]. Indeedmalaria is a major cause of morbidity and anaemia requiringtransfusions, especially in young children [8,9]. Table 1 shows somemajor indications of blood transfusions in SSA [7,9e12]. Malaria hasalso been shown to contribute signicantly to thrombocytopenia

    als 40 (2012) 205e2082.2. Professional leadership and commitment

    Hospital Transfusion Committees (HTC) could play a leadershiprole providing effective hospital governance that would cater for alltransfusion-related issues within the institution. The HTC isa multidisciplinary body involving all hospital departments thatdeal with blood prescription and blood provision. They oversee theimplementation of national policies on blood transfusion andguidelines on the clinical use of blood and blood products as well asinvestigate and provide feedback following critical incidents(examples: malpractice, fatal outcomes). It should have authoritywithin the hospital to determine hospital policies in relation totransfusion and resolve any problems identied; to develop bloodordering schedules and monitor blood usage in the hospital, in linewith changing practices. Thus, the HTC ensures the availability ofSOPs. It is responsible for organizing audits, providing the ndingsand effecting improvement on existing standards based on theaudits conclusions. However, in the African region, very low levelof HTC exists coupled with the lack of communication betweenclinicians and blood bank staff [3].

    Furthermore, a respected senior clinician with an activeprofessional interest in improving transfusion practice could alsoplay a leadership role. The interest of such Clinical Champions maybe captured by involving them in organizing audits or clinicalresearch on transfusion.

    2.3. Staff

    2.3.1. Transfusion service (providers)For effectiveness, sufcient numbers of qualied staff are

    required who are knowledgeable in their eld of expertise andcompetent in their output. This is maintained and enhanced overtime through in-house and external training programmes. Distantlearning can also be used for staff improvement. However, this idealsituation is not always applicable in many resource-limited settings(RLS). For example, in an Ugandan study, it was observed thatclinicians lacked adequate knowledge even on the products avail-able in their institutions blood bank as well as on their uses [4].Such situations can be salvaged by informal in-house educationalprogrammes. Yet only in 27 of 46 country Blood TransfusionServices in the African region have educational programmes [3].

    Interestingly, several training and educational materials areavailable from theWorld Health Organization (for Distant Learning;Quality Management; costing Blood Transfusion Services; theClinical use of blood and donor recruitment among others). TheInternational Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent; theEuropean Union, the AABB also provide educational and trainingmaterials.

    These will allow for continuing education and career develop-ment which favours staff retention, as well as staff competency.

    2.3.2. Clinicians (blood prescribers/users)Blood users also need to understand the indications for blood

    products and prescribe them appropriately. Such knowledge couldbe acquired formally or informally through refresher courses andbedside discussions. For example, in Kumasi, Ghana, informaltraining on the use of blood and blood components is carried outfor each new batch of residents received in the service [Allain JP,personal communication].

    Nevertheless, the major indications of blood transfusion mayvary from place to place, hence the need to emphasis on someaspects in different settings. For example, the uses of blood in Africawould differ from those in Europe, and the availability of bloodproducts may also vary, requiring specic knowledge adapted to

    D. Mbanya / Biologic206specic conditions. Some studies reported that the Paediatric andalthough it usually does not require platelet transfusions [13e15].According to the WHO in 2002, only 20% of the African coun-

    tries produced platelet concentrates, less than 60% red cellconcentrates; less than 50% fresh frozen plasma and about 70% ofall transfusions comprised of whole blood [16] e see Fig. 1. Inmany RLS, especially of sub-Saharan Africa, whole blood ispredominantly used, mainly because of the lack of facilities andlogistics for component preparations. Nevertheless, anaemiaremains the main indication for transfusion in these settingswhere parasitic infections (malaria, hookworm); haemoglobinop-athy and HIV are prevalent [8,17,18], hence other components arenot indispensable in those instances. Ordering blood. All blood should be ordered on bloodrequest forms and these should carry the name of the institution,the date of the request, date and time the blood is


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