Implementation of a Preoperative Anemia Clinic Utilizing a Minimal Staffing Model.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present a process map for the implementation of a program to treat preoperative anemia utilizing 1 existing anesthesiologist in the preoperative evaluation clinic. In the first 7 months postimplementation, 342 patients were screened for anemia, 166 were diagnosed, and 107 were treated. The mean increase in hemoglobin in treated patients was ~2 g/dL (range 0-4.9 g/dL). Two patients' surgeries were delayed in favor of treatment and 3 surgical patients, who had received 2 complete iron infusions, received an intraoperative transfusion. The total revenue generated for the institution was enough to subsidize the cost of an additional anesthesiologist.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mabry, C; Perelman, S; Kim, JT; Blitz, JD

Published Date

  • February 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 90 - 94

PubMed ID

  • 31770131

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2575-3126

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001131


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States