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Patient Blood Management

Patient blood management (PBM) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need transfusion. PBM encompasses all aspects of patient evaluation and clinical management surrounding the transfusion decision-making process, including the application of appropriate indications, as well as minimization of blood loss and optimization of patient red cell mass. PBM can reduce the need for allogeneic blood transfusions and reduce health-care costs, while ensuring that blood components are available for the patients who need them.

As a leading organization in the education of health-care professionals about blood management and utilization review, AABB offers resources that address the various aspects of PBM, helping members achieve their goals of optimizing patient outcomes, preventing unnecessary blood usage and auditing physician compliance with established criteria for transfusion.

New! AABB and The Joint Commission have teamed up to offer Patient Blood Management Certification. Based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program, this new voluntary hospital certification will be open to Joint Commission accredited hospitals and is now open for applications. Learn more.

News and Resources

Get Involved

Join AABB’s Transfusion Medicine Section and Transfusion Safety/Patient Blood Management Subsection. These groups bring together program leaders and patient blood management experts to share information and assist one another in their efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Best Practices and Clinical Practice Guidelines

Platelet Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the AABB (Annals of Internal Medicine; early view November 11, 2014)

Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the AABB (Annals of Internal Medicine; March 26 2012)

Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Plasma Transfusion (TRANSFUSION 2010;50:1227-39)

On-Demand PBM Webinars

The archived PBM webinars include topics such as PBM in spine surgery, coagulation management, and change management in patient blood management. Experts in the field shared their knowledge and experience with the audience while answering questions from program participants.

Contact the AABB Patient Blood Management Department

Contact the AABB Patient Blood Management Department at pbm@aabb.org or +1.301.215.6550 to receive expert advice about ways to engage your colleagues and key clinical leadership to either initiate a patient blood management program or gain momentum within your current program efforts.

AABB is committed to providing premier patient blood management resources and services that can assist you and your institution in your efforts to improve the quality of the care you provide and, where possible, to promote evidence-based transfusion medicine best practices.