Thursday Sep 02, 2021

Confronting the current blood supply shortage – Part 2

Because of the critical shortage of the blood supply across the nation, health care organizations are having to work with less. On this episode, part two of a three-part series, we discuss reducing the number of transfusions and other strategies that will help you manage a more limited blood supply.


Guest speaker:

Akiva Faerber

Senior Principal




Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM


Clinical Operations and Quality



Show Notes:

[00:32] Not focusing on eight as the magical number

[01:37] Managing red blood cells (RBCs)

[03:53] “Why two? Why not one? Why one? Why not none?”

[05:11] Autologous transfusion

[07:26] RBC-stimulating drugs

[09:05] Financial issues

[09:34] Old blood vs new blood


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Akiva Faerber’s contact email:

Conservation of Blood Products (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) Click here

Severe Blood Shortage (American Red Cross web page) Click here


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