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Blood for transfusion is a precious resource. At a minimum, wastage of blood that is not out-of-date represents a financial loss to the health care system. More ominously, systemic wastage of blood may reflect an environment of care that is out of control and could pose risks to patient safety. Enrollment in this program helps laboratories fulfill the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Checklist statement TRM.40875 that requires the tranfusion service medical director to monitor and audit transfusion practices to ensure the appropriate use of blood, and the AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services assessment 8.2 that requires transfusing facilities to have a peer-review program that monitors transfusion practices for blood components.


Compare the rates of blood product wastage (ie, units discarded in-date) in participating hospitals and track rates of improvement over time.

Data Collection

On a monthly basis, participants will use blood bank records to obtain information on the total number of units transfused for each type of blood component. Participants will track the number and type of blood units that are wasted in-date and the circumstances of wastage. This monitor includes the following types of blood and its components: whole blood cells (allogeneic), red blood cells (allogeneic), frozen plasma, platelet concentrates, single donor platelets, and cryoprecipitate.

Performance Indicators

  • Overall blood wastage rate (%)
  • Wastage rates by blood component type (%)

Performance Breakdown

  • Breakdown of circumstances of wastage (%)

Shipping Schedule

  • Shipment A: December 3, 2018
  • Shipment B: March 4, 2019
  • Shipment C: June 3, 2019
  • Shipment D: September 3, 2019

Additional Information

Participants in the Q-TRACKS program receive:

  • Users Guide
  • Templates and instructions for data collection
  • Quarterly reports that include fingerprint clusters, customer-defined groups, and all institution comparisons
  • Peer directory

Q-TRACKS activities meet the American Board of Pathology MOC Part IV Practice Performance Assessment requirements.

For Comprehensive Collection of Tools, see Quality Management Tools.

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Opioid Drug Testing Stewardship (QP192)
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The Impact of Pathologist Review on Peripheral Blood Smears (QP194)
Patient Identification Accuracy (QT1)
Blood Culture Contamination (QT2)
Laboratory Specimen Acceptability (QT3)
In-Date Blood Product Wastage (QT4)
Gynecologic Cytology Outcomes: Biopsy Correlation Performance (QT5)
Satisfaction With Outpatient Specimen Collection (QT7)
Stat Test Turnaround Time Outliers (QT8)
Critical Values Reporting (QT10)
Troponin Turnaround Times (QT15)
Corrected Results (QT16)
Outpatient Order Entry Errors (QT17)

*The CAP requires accredited laboratories to have a quality management plan that covers all areas of the laboratory and includes benchmarking key measures of laboratory performance (GEN.13806, GEN.20316, COM.04000). The Joint Commission requires accredited hospitals to regularly collect and analyze performance data (PI.01.01.01, PI.02.01.01). CLIA requires laboratories to monitor, assess, and correct problems identified in preanalytic, analytic, and postanalytic systems (§493.1249, §493.1289, §493.1299).