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Patient Safety Summit Spotlights Dangerous Overuse of Transfusions

- Event Features Former President Bill Clinton and Bloodless Expert from Englewood Hospital -

(Pictured L to R) Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Chief of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (Photo Courtesy: Englewood Hospital

(Englewood, NJ, February 22, 2013) – Healthcare professionals and industry leaders recently gathered together to collaborate on efforts to eliminate all preventable patient deaths, at the first-ever Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in Laguna, California.

Keynote speaker former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged those in attendance to take action to reduce an estimated 200,000 yearly patients deaths to zero. The event is in its inception and marks a multidisciplinary movement for patient safety, focused on three key challenges: failure to rescue, medication errors and unsafe use of blood components.

The combined contribution from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) was represented by Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Chief of Anesthesiology and Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management and Surgery. Dr. Shander addressed the overuse of blood transfusions, helping to formulate plans for a global approach to improve patient safety and outcomes.

The bloodless technique offers an alternative to transfusions and is a cornerstone of care at Englewood Hospital, where its Patient Blood Management program was established nearly two decades ago. Studies have shown that limiting or eliminating transfusions can lead to fewer complications, a shorter recovery and better outcomes for patients.

The Summit's steering committee thanked Dr. Shander for devoting his "time, passion and wisdom to make the Summit a true success and catalyze many others to make a pledge to work together to reduce patient deaths from 200,000 annually to zero.”


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.