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Choosing Wisely

The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine is proud to be part of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.


To date, nearly 100 national and provincial medical specialty societies, regional health collaboratives and patient and community partners have joined the conversations about appropriate care. With the release  of these new lists, the campaign will have covered more than 150 tests and procedures that the specialty society partners say are overused and inappropriate, and that physicians and patients should discuss. 
It is exciting to see how the physician community has embraced this campaign and honoured our responsibility to maximize the safe and appropriate management of blood and related products and deliver the best possible, evidence-based care to patients.
The list consists of 10 items all starting with the words “Don’t” or “Avoid” – followed by a description of what you should avoid doing and why.

The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM) compiled its Choosing Wisely Canada list of recommendations by putting out a call to its membership for suggested list items. Members were asked to provide suggestions, rationale and references. Once all suggestions for list items had been received and the deadline for submissions had passed, the CSTM board voted on the accumulated list and ranked the items according to our assessment of what was most important. We met by conference call to discuss the outcome of the voting and worked together to refine the wording and the order of the list items and to find additional references as required. Thank you to all who contributed! 

For more information on Choosing Wisely Canada, please visit www.choosingwiselycanada.org, follow on Twitter @ChooseWiselyCA or contact info@choosingwiselycanada.org 
To view lists created by Canadian and American Specialty Societies, visit the following websites:
www.choosingwiselycanada.org  or   www.choosingwisely.org
Choosing Wisely Canada has released a mobile app, available on Android and Apple platforms. The strength of this bilingual app is its searchability. All recommendations and patient pamphlets have been categorized by keywords for ease of use and efficiency. For information on downloading the app, click here.

Short, entertaining andinformative animated videos are included with many of the recommendations. The video production was led by project director Dr. Clinton Campbell and developed with funding from Canadian Blood Services' BloodTechNet program.