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Patient Blood Management Learning Module Series

AABB offers Patient Blood Management Learning Modules designed to educate clinicians on specific aspects of patient blood management (PBM) — an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need a transfusion.

Making sure that healthcare professionals understand the basis for a transfusion is a vital aspect of improving patient safety, which is why the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program require education for individuals who order and transfuse blood and blood components. AABB’s PBM learning modules, which features indications for transfusion and on patient consent, helps your staff understand current transfusion guidelines, early recognition and treatment of transfusion reactions, and proper consenting process to deliver better patient care and improve their outcomes.

PBM Training Bundle: Convenient and On-Demand

The PBM Training Bundle can be used to ensure your hospital's readiness for the AABB/The Joint Commission Patient Blood Management Certification. This voluntary certification demonstrates your hospital's commitment to patient blood management while promoting patient safety through a comprehensive blood management program. This bundle satisfies training needed to comply with PBM Standard 2.1.4 Facility-Defined Credentials and can be used for individual or group training. Modules included with purchase: Optimizing Transfusion Benefits and Informed Consent.

Use these modules to help educate your staff regardless of your interest or intent of pursuing certification.



The PBM Learning Modules are available for purchase as a bundle or individually. Access is provided for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Single User Pricing
Individual pricing is not applicable to an institution; the person registered for the module(s) is the individual who will be provided access. Register via the AABB Marketplace.

  • Each module: $59 / $79 (member / list)

Institutional Pricing
Once AABB receives and processes your institutional order, each user identified on the registration form will have an AABB account created and access to the applicable module(s) will be provided via email. The institutional primary contact will receive a payment confirmation along with notification that each user identified has been granted access. Access for the users will be granted for one year from the date of purchase; to revalidate requires re-purchase of the product. This product is only available for registration for institutions.

  List Price (Non-AABB Institutional Members) AABB Institutional Member Price # of Log-Ins/Seats*
Single Location (price per module) $399 $299 Unlimited
​Single Location: PBM Certification Bundle $500​ $450​ Unlimited​

*Unlimited seats are provided for each institutional offering. Single location refers to unlimited attendees from the same physical location. For each site location a purchase of the module(s) is required. AABB will monitor IP addresses used to access the modules.


Single Viewers – register via the AABB Marketplace.

Institutional Orders – complete the PBM Learning Module Institutional Registration Form - and provide with payment:

By Email: - Credit card payments accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club) and Government purchase orders.

By Fax: +1.301.951.3729 - Credit card payments accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club) and Government purchase orders.

By Mail:
AABB eLearning Department
4550 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 700, North Tower
Bethesda, MD 20814

All forms of payment are accepted: credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club), check or government purchase order.

Payment confirmations will be provided within 2–5 business days.

An individual's membership status cannot be used to purchase the institutional module(s)/package(s). The institution must be an institutional member of AABB to utilize the discounted member rate. Nonmember institutions will be charged the nonmember price.

 Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit will be awarded upon the successful completion of each quiz per learning module.

  • Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Outfitters, LLC, and AABB. CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates each module for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • California Nurses: AABB is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a provider of continuing nursing education activities. AABB designates each Patient Blood Management Learning Module for a maximum of 1 contact hour.
  • California Clinical Laboratory Personnel: AABB is an approved accrediting agency for continuing education for California-licensed clinical laboratory personnel. AABB designates each Patient Blood Management Learning Module for a maximum of 1 contact hour.
  • Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel: AABB is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel as a provider of continuing education programs for Florida-licensed clinical laboratory personnel. Each Patient Blood Management Learning Module has been approved for a maximum of 1 contact hour.
  • All Others/General Participation: AABB designates each Patient Blood Management Learning Module for a maximum of 1 general continuing education credit.

PBM Module Planning Committee
Relevant Financial Relationship Disclosures

In keeping with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) standards for commercial support, AABB asks everyone who is in position to control the content of a continuing medical education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. (Providers of clinical services directly to patients are not commercial interests). A relevant financial relationship is a relevant financial relationship in any amount occurring within the previous 12 months. Note that ACCME requires relevant financial relationships of spouses or partners to be included for conflict of interest disclosure purposes. Below are the relevant financial relationships reported by AABB for the PBM Module Planning Committee:

Reports having no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests during the past 12 months:

  • Nikki D’Amour
  • Catherine Williams

 Access Modules

If you have already purchased a PBM Module(s), access is provided via the AABB Education Website.

To access:

  1. Visit the AABB Education Website (
  2. If not already logged into the AABB website, enter your AABB username and password and click “Login”.
    (if you do not know your username and/or password follow the links to obtain your username and/or password).

If you have any questions, please contact the AABB eLearning team at

 Optimizing Transfusion Benefits: Recognizing When Transfusions Are Helpful

Numerous recent studies have investigated a variety of circumstances in which a transfusion is routinely given, and the results of these clinical trials have helped refine our thinking about which sets of patients really benefit from the therapy. This program highlights studies that help identify those patients who will or will not likely benefit so that benefits can be maximized and risks minimized. The application of these concepts are illustrated in five clinical case studies and linked to the underlying principles of patient blood management.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the knowledge generated by clinical trials regarding the use of blood components to practical clinical situations.
  • Explore the complexities of attempting to apply retrospective data to the issue of appropriate clinical indications for transfusion.
  • Discuss how some simple changes in clinical practice can have a profound impact on the need for transfusion and the mindset with which it is approached.

Author: James P. AuBuchon, MD, FCAP, FRCP(Edin), President and Chief Executive Officer of Puget Sound Blood Center, and Professor of Medicine and of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Intended Audience: This learning module is intended for clinical physicians who deal with a variety of patient situations in which transfusion may be considered as an option. Medical technologists, nurses and perfusionists will also find the module helpful in understanding the rationale for transfusion and in encouraging and supporting the application of objective evidence in medical decision making.

 Informed Consent for Blood Transfusion

The ethical and legal aspects involved in informed consent are reviewed in this module.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ethical and legal basis for obtaining informed consent, be able to explain at least one of the ethical principles and the meaning of “competence” and “disclosure” as they relate to informed consent.
  • List the key elements of informed consent.
  • Name three obstacles to good communication, which if not overcome, can hinder obtaining truly “informed” consent.

Authors: Christopher P. Stowell, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Blood Transfusion Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Intended Audience: This learning module is intended for physicians, nurses, patient blood management coordinators and transfusion safety officers.