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Sarasota Memorial Receives BD Quality Award for Pioneering Blood Collection Practices Designed to Enhance Patient Care

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SARASOTA (Nov. 2, 2011) – Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) presented Sarasota Memorial Health Care System with its first ever “BD Quality Award” today for pioneering best practices in blood collection techniques that promote safe, high quality patient care.

The award – presented by the leading global medical technology company BD – recognized Sarasota Memorial for developing state-of-the-art processes and procedures designed to prevent hemolysis in patient blood samples sent to the clinical laboratory for testing. Hemolysis is the breakdown of red blood cells. If significant hemolysis occurs to a sample, it could affect test results and lead to additional blood draws and tests.

In its continuing effort to develop best practices in patient care, Sarasota Memorial worked with BD to enhance and standardize its new blood collection protocol, educate its clinical staff and put in place a quality control program that ensures the best techniques and proper blood collection products are used in all situations.

Since adopting the best practices in 2009, Sarasota Memorial has successfully maintained a hemolysis rate of less than 1 percent overall across the health system – a rate well below the national average of 5-7 percent.*

* Source: LS Flynn & Associates

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 700,000 patient visits a year. One of the 10 largest public hospitals in America, Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care walk-in clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to make HealthGrades’ 50 best list. For information, visit:

About the BD Quality Award
The BD Quality Award is presented to medical institutions that demonstrate a commitment to continual quality improvement in their specimen collection processes to enhance clinical laboratory testing, which drives approximately 70 percent of medical decisions. Working with BD Care Consultants and Technical Services experts, recipients thoroughly assess their specimen collection processes, techniques and tools to identify best practices that may improve patient outcomes and satisfaction and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs.

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