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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.

Save the Date!
2015 AABB Patient Blood Management Workshop
October 23, 2015

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)

AABB 2015 PBM Audioconferences

April 7, 2015 Understanding TACO: What is it and What Can We Do To Reduce the Risk (#154856)
July 8, 2015 Transfusion of Rh Positive Platelets on Child Bearing Patients (#154862)     
July 22, 2015  Moving to On-Demand Crossmatch (#154863)           
September 16, 2015 Tailoring the Product to the Patient: TRALI Mitigation Strategies and Unique Donor-Recipient Matching (#154866)      
December 2, 2015 Tools for Remembering Coagulation Cascade and Effects of PCC, Vitamin K, FFP (#154868)           

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.