Appl Clin Inform 2017; 08(02): 617-631
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2016-11-RA-0195
Research Article Special Topic eHealth2016
Schattauer GmbH

Development of Multivariable Models to Predict and Benchmark Transfusion in Elective Surgery Supporting Patient Blood Management

Dieter Hayn
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Karl Kreiner
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Hubert Ebner
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Peter Kastner
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Nada Breznik
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Angelika Rzepka
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
,
Axel Hofmann
2  Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
,
Hans Gombotz
3  Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, General Hospital Linz, Austria
,
Günter Schreier
1  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
› Author Affiliations
Funding The research leading to these results has received funding from Austrian Research Promotion Agency under the project HIS-PREMO, grant agreement number 853264.
Further Information

Publication History

received: 28 November 2016

accepted: 23 March 2017

Publication Date:
21 December 2017 (online)

Summary

Background: Blood transfusion is a highly prevalent procedure in hospitalized patients and in some clinical scenarios it has lifesaving potential. However, in most cases transfusion is administered to hemodynamically stable patients with no benefit, but increased odds of adverse patient outcomes and substantial direct and indirect cost. Therefore, the concept of Patient Blood Management has increasingly gained importance to pre-empt and reduce transfusion and to identify the optimal transfusion volume for an individual patient when transfusion is indicated.

Objectives: It was our aim to describe, how predictive modeling and machine learning tools applied on pre-operative data can be used to predict the amount of red blood cells to be transfused during surgery and to prospectively optimize blood ordering schedules. In addition, the data derived from the predictive models should be used to benchmark different hospitals concerning their blood transfusion patterns.

Methods: 6,530 case records obtained for elective surgeries from 16 centers taking part in two studies conducted in 2004–2005 and 2009–2010 were analyzed. Transfused red blood cell volume was predicted using random forests. Separate models were trained for overall data, for each center and for each of the two studies. Important characteristics of different models were compared with one another.

Results: Our results indicate that predictive modeling applied prior surgery can predict the transfused volume of red blood cells more accurately (correlation coefficient cc = 0.61) than state of the art algorithms (cc = 0.39). We found significantly different patterns of feature importance a) in different hospitals and b) between study 1 and study 2.

Conclusion: We conclude that predictive modeling can be used to benchmark the importance of different features on the models derived with data from different hospitals. This might help to optimize crucial processes in a specific hospital, even in other scenarios beyond Patient Blood Management.

Citation: Hayn D, Kreiner K, Ebner H, Kastner P, Breznik N, Rzepka A, Hofmann A, Gombotz H, Schreier G. Development of multivariable models to predict and benchmark transfusion in elective surgery supporting patient blood management. Appl Clin Inform 2017; 8: 617–631 https://doi.org/10.4338/ACI-2016-11-RA-0195

Human Subjects Protections

The studies were approved by the regional board of ethics commission (15/07/1999) and performed in compliance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects.