While blood transfusion in out-of-hospital settings is not a new concept, the idea of delivering healthcare in a more dispersed manner had gained renewed focus. The COVID-19 pandemic surges required increased use of in-hospital resources and displaced patients needing other types of care, including transfusions. Indeed, for patients in skilled nursing facilities, transport to hospitals for simple transfusions was not possible. Thankfully, existing mechanisms allowing for mobile transfusion services helped fill the gap. Likewise, patients who had access to smaller regional facilities affiliated with their main hospital were able to receive transfusion support. In this session, we will discuss different methods to deliver out-of-hospital transfusions. We will explore the considerations for ensuring the services delivered conform to good transfusion practice, comply with regulations, and enhance patient care.
Describe the different models and venues for out-of-hospital transfusion practice
Discuss the unique operational challenges that must be considered to deliver transfusion therapy to out-of-hospital settings
Identify benefits and opportunities for growth of out-of-hospital transfusion practice