Transfusion & Blood Management: Practical Advice on How to Save Blood, Save Dollars and Save Lives

Tips and strategies that helped one hospital reduce blood
costs by $3.5 million in just three years.

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Dr. Hannon Dr. Marisa Marques


Timothy Hannon, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Strategic Healthcare Group LLC

Marisa B. Marques, MD, Professor of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

The Dark Report (Moderator)

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Blood acquisition costs have more than doubled in the past few years and will continue to rise as blood production costs increase and the supply struggles to meet the demand. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Factor in other costs, like labor, supplies and blood administration, to name a few, and the price tag for transfusing patients exceeds blood-acquisition costs by five times or more.

Blood utilization has become a major focus in the U.S. In addition to escalating costs and more frequent shortages, there are growing concerns about patient safety, risk management and medical-legal liability for transfusion therapy. In fact, new evidence about transfusion therapy suggests that, in general, the risks of transfusion have been underestimated and the benefits overestimated. This has lead to an imbalance in risk-benefit decisions-and new blood-management performance measures from the Joint Commission.

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So what is your hospital doing to better manage its blood supply? How can you meet the ever-increasing demand for blood while keeping a lid on rising costs? And what steps can you take to increase the safety of your patients while minimizing the risk to your facility?

Get answers to these questions and more when you  hear THE DARK REPORT and DARKDAILY.COM audio conference live recordings Transfusion & Blood Management: Practical Advice on How to Save Blood, Save Dollars and Save Lives”.

Listen as two experts on blood management provide you with information on an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to blood utilization that promotes the safe and optimal use of blood and its associated resources. First you’ll hear from Dr. Tim Hannon, President and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Group LLC. He’ll provide an environmental overview of the push for better blood utilization, as well as a general approach to establishing blood management programs.

Next, get a real-world example of what happened when one major academic medical center implemented a blood management program. Dr. Marisa B. Marques, Professor of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital will explain how their new blood management program helped them reduce blood use by 29% and save $3.5M in blood costs in only three years.

Whether you’re a hospital administrator, lab director, blood bank supervisor or medical director-or anyone interested in promoting safe and effective blood utilization practices-this is one conference you won’t want to miss.

Register for this audio conference and get the most current information about the benefits of blood management programs. Find out how a multidisciplinary approach to changing institutional blood utilization practice will improve quality, safety and stewardship of your blood supply.


$245 per digital recording (90 minutes)

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For one low price—just $245—you and your entire team can take part in this fast-paced, insightful audio conference.

Here’s just some of what you’ll learn during this in-depth 90-minute conference:

  • The key issues driving the need for better blood utilization.
  • The definition and history of blood management.
  • The evidence behind a more conservative transfusion practice.
  • The challenges of implementing a blood management program.
  • The critical elements of a successful blood management program.
  • How a blood management program can reduce blood use and save you money.

…and much more!

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Distinguished Faculty

Timothy Hannon, MD, MBA
is President and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Group LLC, a healthcare consulting group that specializes in safe, efficient and effective blood management solutions. He is a board certified anesthesiologist who serves as medical director of the St. Vincent Indianapolis Blood Management Program that he designed and implemented in 2001. Since its establishment, the blood management program has reduced hospital transfusions by more than 30%, resulting in annual savings of more than 7,000 units of blood products and cost savings that exceed $4 million per year. Dr. Hannon was Director of Perioperative Blood Conservation at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and the Director of Research for the Department of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the Blood Utilization, Quality Management and Audit Committees at St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, and serves on several state and national committees, including the AABB Perioperative Standards Committee, the Medical Advisory Panel for the Indiana Blood Center and the Indiana State Association of Blood Bank, where he was president. He has lectured extensively and published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on perioperative blood management, evidence-based guideline implementation and blood management economics. Dr. Hannon graduated magna cum laude in biology at the University of Evansville. He completed his doctor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he received the Marcus Ravdin Medal for scholastic achievement.

Marisa B. Marques, MD is Professor of Pathology for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, with subspecialties in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking and Hematopathology. Dr. Marques’ academic career started at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1998, where she is the medical director of Transfusion Service and Coagulation Service. In these capacities, she provides consultation on proper evaluation and management of patients with hemostasis disorders, including the use of blood component therapy in bleeding patients. Dr. Marques received her MD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

ACCENT® Continuing Education Credit
The American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 ACCENT® credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award.  AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.