The biennial National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey (NBCUS) provides the most comprehensive estimation of blood collection and utilization in the United States. The NBCUS collects data on the number of units collected, processed, outdated, discarded, and transfused. The survey includes all blood collection facilities and a sample of acute care hospitals operating in the U.S. Since 2013, the NBCUS is being conducted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The latest NBCUS results available in the public domain is from the survey year 2017. During the session, preliminary findings from the 2019 NBCUS, including national estimates for RBC, whole blood, platelet, plasma, and cryoprecipitate collection, transfusion, and outdates as well as median cost paid by hospitals, will be presented. Furthermore, blood component demand data for the first two quarters of 2020 will be presented in aggregate from the blood centers’ side. The presentations will include discussion about the implications of the current trends on maintaining blood safety and availability. The session will also briefly explore the interpretation of the findings to the current business performance trends in the blood collection industry.
Describe the trends in blood collection and utilization in the United States
Review the most current NBCUS data and blood demand data
Discuss the implications of the findings regarding sustainability and safety of the blood supply