Articles  |   April 2015
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Coagulation and Transfusion / Education / CPD / Obstetric Anesthesia / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   April 2015
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ASA Monitor 04 2015, Vol.79, 50-51.
ASA Monitor 04 2015, Vol.79, 50-51.
A recent study examined turnaround time (TAT) for blood banks issuing red blood cells (RBCs) to operating rooms (O.R.s) in two academic hospitals. The investigators also surveyed 107 academic medical centers to determine whether TAT was monitored as a blood bank quality indicator. According to this study, which of the following statements is most likely true?
The speed with which blood is obtained from the blood bank has obvious importance for optimal patient care in the O.R. A major factor determining the time to obtain blood is the blood bank TAT, which is the time from when the blood bank receives a request for blood or blood components to when these items leave the blood bank. There are no current benchmarks for TAT as a quality indicator for blood banks.
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