INDIANAPOLIS – September 26, 2016 – A blood management program expert from Mediware Consulting & Analytics (, the clinical change leader of evidence-based patient blood management consulting, education, and analytics solutions, will deliver a poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). The organization’s meeting will be held September 29 – October 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mediware’s director of client services and patient safety, Susan Nienhaus, R.N., JD, will present “Comprehensive Patient Blood Management (PBM) Across a Healthcare System” on September 30 between 5:30-6:00 p.m. ET. The poster highlights the successful implementation of a system-wide PBM program at McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan. Nienhaus’ poster emphasizes Mediware’s approach and analytics tools that support this important patient safety initiative.
When asked to comment on the poster recognition of the blood management program’s success, McLaren Oakland Chief Medical Officer Steven B. Calkin, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., stated: “As chairman of our system-level Senior Medical Leadership Committee, I’m in a position to see firsthand the challenges our healthcare system faced in its efforts to achieve more substantial clinical integration and care standardization. Our engagement with Mediware not only brought success in the form of expense reduction and improved patient safety, but also allowed our system of acute care hospitals to engage in a structured initiative that showed nearly immediate results. Our organization is now more prepared to take on future standardization initiatives with the confidence we’ve gained from our Transfusion Safety Program.”
Nienhaus is a registered nurse and attorney. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in nursing, cum laude, in 1979, she spent nearly 20 years focused on cardiovascular surgical nursing. In 1990, she was among the first class to achieve certification as a registered nurse first assistant from the Association of Operating Room Nurses. In 1999, Nienhaus graduated from the IU School of Law at Indianapolis where she was an editor on the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and received the Jordan Constitutional Law Award. As director of risk management at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital from 2002 through 2007, Nienhaus developed and implemented a patient safety program that combined quality improvement initiatives and risk reduction strategies to improve departmental efficiencies and prevent healthcare errors.
In the realm of patient blood management, Nienhaus is a frequent speaker on transfusion informed consent, administration, and adverse events. She is a member of AABB and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management. In 2015, she gave an oral presentation at AABB’s national conference titled “Dose of Outpatient Transfusion for Red Blood Cells, Platelets and Plasma, and Transfusion Indications.”
The SABM annual meeting is designed to provide continuing education for the organization’s professional members and the public on the positive impact of innovative PBM programs. For more information or to register for the event, visit
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Mediware Consulting & Analytics is leading clinical change through evidence-based education, consulting, and analytics solutions for U.S. hospitals and health systems. Mediware clients have achieved significant reductions in blood and lab test utilization by reducing unnecessary orders, which has resulted in more than $1 billion overall savings while improving patient safety and the quality of care.