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Anemia Prevention and Management

Hospital Strategies for Anemia Prevention and Management

The prevalence of anemia among hospitalized patients reflects that of the general population and may be even higher due to:

  • Reason for admission
  • Co-morbidities
  • Age and gender, with elderly patients and those with chronic conditions at increased risk.

Anemia can play a role in many unfavorable outcomes, including increased risk of hospitalization or readmission, extended length of stay and increased risk of morbidity and mortality.

While often ignored or inappropriately treated with transfusion, it can be treated effectively with early detection and treatment.

Improve Anemia Care with SHM

SHM's Anemia Prevention and Management Program Implementation Guide provides a framework for hospital-based anemia management quality improvement projects to improve outcomes and reduce costs and adverse events.

The guide outlines the following steps to develop an improvement program:

  • Creating a multi-disciplinary project team
  • Obtaining institutional support
  • Assessing baseline performance and defining key metrics
  • Implementing changes and monitoring their effects, with a focus on blood transfusion best practices 

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Questions on the Anemia Guide? Contact SHM

This implementation guide is supported by a grant from American Regent.

The authors had full responsibility in designing and compiling the guide. American Regent was not involved in or had influence over the development of the content included in this guide.