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Pre-op anaemia care: improving outcomes for surgical patients

A nurse-led initiative is getting patients ready for surgery and reducing the need for transfusions

A nurse-led initiative is getting patients ready for surgery and reducing the need for transfusions

A nurse-led service to rapidly assess, treat and manage anaemia before surgery is improving outcomes and patient experience at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The 12-month pilot programme for patients undergoing major abdominal cancer surgery proved so successful that the specialist nurse who devised the service was able to persuade managers to hire a second nurse and extend it to other specialties.

‘The transfusion team had tried to set up an anaemia service for many years, but it isn’t as easy as it might seem’

Louise Polyzois, senior transfusion practitioner specialist nurse

‘We wanted to identify patients with anaemia in the preoperative period to help optimise them

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