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Project S.T.O.P (Stop the Over-ordering of Platelets): An initiative to reduce platelet wastages for pediatric open-heart surgeries



      Due to a national policy change in the management of unused platelet units from September 2018, there was a drastic increase in the number of platelet units wasted in our institution.


      Using Quality Improvement (QI) tools, platelet wastages from pediatric heart surgeries was identified as a priority area to work on. An intervention based on the creation of ‘Order Sets’ for pediatric open-heart surgeries was implemented, standardizing standby platelet orders based on type of surgery and patient weight.


      This intervention led to a dramatic improvement in the number of platelets ordered on standby, and consequently a decrease in platelet wastage from 47.6% to 16.9% for pediatric open-heart surgeries, without any reported adverse events.


      With the creation of Order Sets and continuous education, it was possible to eradicate the practice of requesting unnecessary standby platelets for surgeries. This is an effective patient blood management (PBM) strategy resulting in a significant decrease in platelet wastage rate and substantial cost savings.


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