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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.

News and Resources

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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)

AABB 2014 PBM Webinar Series

April 17, 2014 Change Management in PBM
May 8, 2014 Improving Transfusion Practice in Australia Through eLearning
June 12, 2014 How to Best Educate Physicians on PBM Efforts
July 10, 2014 PBM in Spine Surgery
August 14, 2014 Perfusion: PBM Techniques in the Operating Room
September 18, 2014 Credentialing of Providers Who Order Blood Components: The Start of a New Era
October 9, 2014 Coagulation Management
November 13, 2014 Introduction to PBM
February 3, 2015 The Role of the Specialized Nurse Practitioner in PBM

AABB 2014 PBM Audioconferences

March 12, 2014 So Many Transfusions, Such Little Increments: Providing Support for Platelet Refractory Patients (#144806)
March 25, 2014 Introducing the 1st Edition of Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program (#1490)NEW! Special pricing
April 16, 2014 Hot Topics in Patient Blood Management: The Maximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule (MSBOS), and Evidence-based Hemoglobin Triggers and Targets (#144811)
June 25, 2014 Granulocyte Transfusions: Indications, Component Preparation and Transfusion (#144819)
July 9, 2014 Turbocharge Your Patient Blood Management Program With RFID Blood Product Tracking (#144804)Formerly Scheduled for February 26
August 27, 2014 Blood Bank Support of Neonatal Patients on ECMO (#144824)


Contact the AABB Patient Blood Management Department

Contact the AABB Patient Blood Management Department at 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.