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UPMC Patient Blood Management Team: Implementing Quality Improvement Initiatives for Better Patient Centered Care Amid a Public Health Crisis

Matusik, Abigail Rose (2022) UPMC Patient Blood Management Team: Implementing Quality Improvement Initiatives for Better Patient Centered Care Amid a Public Health Crisis. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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As the field of health care moves toward value-based care, quality plays an integral role in health systems today. The concept of quality touches every area of an integrated health delivery system. For health systems today, an individual patient’s overall experience and outcome is more important than the quantity of patients seen. Due to new reimbursement strategies and the overall benefits that increased quality brings to an organization, health systems are always looking to improve the quality of care being delivered to patients. To improve the quality of care, many high-level health organizations have entities dedicated to quality improvement (QI). The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has established the Wolff Center as its hub for quality improvement, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.
The Wolff Center houses many interdisciplinary teams dedicated to quality improvement within the UPMC system. One of those teams is the UPMC Patient Blood Management (PBM) team. The UPMC PBM team manages and oversees the field of transfusion medicine at UPMC hospitals. Transfusion medicine plays a critical role within UPMC hospitals and is highly significant to public health. It is imperative that best practice methods are implemented and the quality standards within transfusion medicine are continuously improving. Using quality improvement initiatives to ensure that the methods used within the field of transfusion medicine are superior at UPMC can dramatically increase the overall patient experience and make for better clinical outcomes.
This paper will highlight four quality improvement initiatives, collectively put together as an Avoidable Blood Waste Toolkit. Specifically, why these initiatives are needed in an integrated health delivery system, the ever-growing need to continue quality initiatives centered around patient blood management, and the possible outcomes and benefits that arise after the implementation of the quality initiatives.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Matusik, Abigail Rosearm217@pitt.eduarm217
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoberts, Mark S.mroberts@pitt.edumrobertsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFirm, Ashley L.alf158@pitt.edualf158UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWisniewski, Mary Kaywisniewskimk@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 42
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality improvement, blood waste
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 17:45
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 17:45


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