About 4.9 million people require blood transfusions annually, many of which are life-saving. But if blood types are mismatched, transfusions can be deadly. The cost in human suffering is great. And hospitals in which an error occurs face financial consequences, as well.
On October 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stopped reimbursing hospitals for treatment associated with several hospital-acquired conditions that are reasonably preventable with the aid of evidence-based guidelines. Among these conditions are blood incompatibility events. For example, if a patient experiences a hemolytic transfusion reaction due to a blood incompatibility error, the hospital no longer receives reimbursement for the care related to the transfusion reaction.
The goal of this program is to educate laboratory professionals about blood incompatibility errors and the evidence-based practices to prevent them. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- List three factors that contribute to blood incompatibility errors.
- Describe blood type compatibility between the donor and recipient.
- Explain the procedure for safely administering blood transfusions.
Level of Instruction: Basic
Gannett Education is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-481-10 "A Perfect Match: Preventing Blood Incompatibility Errors" is approved 06-23-2011 to 06-23-2013.
Gannett Education is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider #FBN 50-1489).