SAH is Now a Using Blood Wisely Hospital

– In 2021, SAH was designated a Level 1 Choosing Choosing Wisely Canada Hospital, a national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in health care. It launched in 2014 in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association.

Hospitals that have achieved this designation have demonstrated their commitment to reducing unnecessary tests and treatments. Recently, SAH also became designated as a Using Blood Wisely Hospital, a national campaign to decrease inappropriate red blood cell transfusion practices in Canada. It is organized by Choosing Wisely Canada, in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.

The aim of Using Blood Wisely is to mobilize hospitals across Canada to make a measureable impact on reducing inappropriate red blood cell transfusions. This involves a concerted effort to assess appropriateness against national benchmarks, as well as the adoption of evidence-based transfusion practices in its pursuit.

The Using Blood Wisely Hospital designation symbolizes a commitment to red blood cell stewardship and to the continuous pursuit of quality improvement. In achieving this designation, Sault Area Hospital is among a select group of hospitals that’s making a difference for patients, donors, and Canada’s blood supply. More information is available on the SAH website: Choosing Wisely Hospital

This week marks Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, observed nationally each April. We take this opportunity to thank and congratulate our Laboratory team for their continued hard work and commitment to patient care excellence!

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