Skip Navigation LinksHome > Patient Blood Management

Skip Navigation LinksHome > Patient Blood Management

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.


Patient Blood Management: Better Care and Better Patient Outcomes

October 24, 2014
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

The AABB Patient Blood Management (PBM) Workshop will engage attendees with discussions about the business case and the business plan for PBM. Topics include the use of benchmarking and other data in PBM, the role of the transfusion committee, driving adoption of PBM practices within hospital systems, platelet function in endothelial cell repair, intravenous iron administration and the role of the perfusionist. In addition, representatives from an organization that built a program from the ground up will share their experiences and lessons learned. A vendor showcase reception highlighting the latest innovations in the field will follow the educational program. Learn more. Register today, or contact AABB’s Patient Blood Management department.


Best Practices and Clinical Practice Guidelines

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)

Events and Collaborations

October 24, 2014 Patient Blood Management Workshop

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
December 11, 2014 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)