In the last issue of VAHI News we introduced the CHADx portal, which aims to reduce complications of care. This month we want to share news of how the portal is being used by hospitals to ensure the appropriate use of red blood cell transfusions.
The Department of Health and Human Service’s Blood Matters Program aims to ensure that transfusions are given safely and only when necessary. While red blood cell transfusions can be lifesaving, there can be complications.
Using CHADx, each hospital can view their transfusion rates for every patient group that they treat. Hospitals can track their transfusion rates over time and compare their rates with other hospitals.
This means that for the first time, hospitals can:
- track their own transfusion rate in comparison to other hospitals across Victoria
- understand how hospitals with low transfusion rates have achieved this result without adverse impact on patient outcomes.
‘Understanding how those hospitals have achieved low transfusion rates, without negative outcomes, is the secret of success,’ according to Peter McNair, Principal Policy Officer from VAHI.
The CHADx portal has two main types of reports. The comparison reports show each hospital their own transfusion rate in comparison to other hospitals across Victoria.
The performance report helps hospitals to track their transfusion rates over three-monthly intervals, showing the impact of changes made to improve transfusion use.
The use of the CHADx portal is currently part of a pilot project where it can be accessed by clinicians and quality improvement staff and transfusion nurses through the Department’s e-Business portal. If you’d like to discuss opportunities to use the portal in your hospital, please contact Peter McNair, Principal Policy Officer, Information Infrastructure, email@example.com.