An analysis of selected blood service policy changes

C. C. Pegels, J. P. Seagle, P. C. Cumming, K. E. Kendall, J. F. Shubsda

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Principal national goals for a blood service system are concerned with shortage, quality, accessibility, and efficiency. Since regional blood service operating objectives based on these goals are in partial conflict, a single policy does not exist. Usinga computer-based planning system, four policies are examined and tested for their effects on these objectives. The policies are: use of frozen red cells (a technological alternative); extension of the useful life of fresh blood (a legal alternative); improved collection planning (a planning alternative); and improved inventory management (a management alternative). Model projections of the effects of each policy and comparative performance of each policy with respect to the principal objectives are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-157
Number of pages11
JournalMedical care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1977
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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