Dr. Emily Volk

Dr. Emily Volk

Dr. Emily Volk from the Baptist and Tenet Health Systems joins Dr. Chaffin to discuss Patient Blood Management (PBM).

It seems like everyone today is talking about “Patient Blood Management!” From hospital administrators with their beady little eyes fixed on cost savings to clinicians wondering who is going to bug them next about a transfusion that is “out of criteria,” to laboratory scientists wondering where they fit in, to pathologists trying to decide whether to buy a “flaming sword” to guard the inventory of the blood bank, PBM has caught everyone’s attention. This episode is a big picture, practical look at some things to consider when thinking about implementing or improving a PBM program. Dr. Volk created a terrific PBM program, and is a system consultant for another very successful program. She knows what she is doing, and I’m excited for you to learn from her!

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Volk nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

Time-Stamped Notes

  • 01:45: Intro to Dr. Volk and her background in PBM
  • 08:00: Is PBM a big deal? Do you need a consultant? Is it expensive?
  • 11:00: Why is PBM important?
  • 18:30: If blood can be harmful, how do we decide whether or not to give it?
  • 25:30: The three main elements of a PBM program
  • 26:40: Implementing blood order sets
  • 30:50: Two pathways for blood orders
  • 35:00: Fix your critical value notifications!
  • 46:50: One unit vs. two unit RBC orders
  • 49:30: Anemia/hemostasis management in a PBM
  • 53:45: Blood conservation in a PBM

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