Recommendation ID

Electronic Decision Support:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of an electronic decision support system compared with current practice in reducing inappropriate blood transfusions, overall rates of blood transfusion and mortality?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- The clinical evidence evaluating electronic decision support systems is of low quality. There is also no evidence on their cost effectiveness within the NHS, and this is particularly important because of the potentially high setup and running costs of these systems. An evaluation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of electronic decision support systems for blood transfusion is needed. Important outcomes are rates of inappropriate transfusion, overall rates of transfusion, and patient
safety outcomes including mortality and transfusion errors. Secondary outcomes should include length of hospital stay and quality of life; and pre-transfusion  haemoglobin levels, platelet count and coagulation results.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Blood transfusion
Date issued
November 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/11/2015