The Ontario Transfusion Coordinators (ONTraC) Program is a provincial blood management program that enhances transfusion practice by educating both healthcare professionals and patients about transfusion practice and offering alternatives to transfusion.
Established in 2002, ONTraC is a unique initiative supported by the Ministry of Health. It is a network of nurse coordinators in 23 hospitals across the province who are responsible for implementing and managing patient blood management programs within their institutions. The program focuses on treating pre-operative anemia in patients undergoing elective joint replacement surgery, cardiac surgery and gynecological surgery. The program has been successful in reducing transfusion rates, improving clinical outcomes and has proven to be cost-effective.
For more information please visit the ONTraC website at www.ontracprogram.com.