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March 25, 2014
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AABB Announces New Patient Blood Management Standards
First Edition of Association’s Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program Available Today

Bethesda, Md. – AABB is proud to announce the availability of its first edition of Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program, or PBM Standards. This comprehensive resource focuses on maintaining and enhancing the quality of care for patients who may require transfusion.

"The goal of the PBM Program Standards is to help facilities create and maintain programs that will foster the appropriate use of blood products to optimize patient health and safety," said Jonathan Waters, MD, medical director for the Patient Blood Management Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Services, who serves on AABB's Board of Directors and on AABB's Patient Blood Management Standards Program Unit. "Patient blood management is a burgeoning, critical area of medicine, and through these Standards AABB is playing a significant role in advancing adoption among hospitals."

AABB's Standards help frame a PBM program that encompasses all aspects of patient evaluation and clinical management surrounding the decision-making process for potential transfusion, including the application of appropriate indications, minimization of blood loss and optimization of patient red cell mass.

Similar to other AABB Standards publications, the PBM Program Standards are founded on a general quality framework with program-specific requirements. The PBM Program Standards include a number of notable requirements, such as:

  • Health care practitioners who are responsible for ordering and transfusing blood must be specifically qualified to do so; and
  • Each individual program must develop internal transfusion guidelines.

The PBM Program Standards describe a three-level approach for accreditation based on the complexity of the hospital in which the PBM program is housed. These activity levels are designed to capture the differences that exist among hospitals and the range of clinical services that they offer. This unique and tailored approach to standard setting was designed to accelerate and promote PBM-wide adoption.

The PBM Standards were developed by the association's Patient Blood Management Standards Program Unit and the Standards Program Committee. AABB's standards development process incorporates input from a variety of sources, including AABB members, the public and recognized PBM experts. The requirements were established on the basis of best medical practices and scientific and evidence-based data, when available.

The publication is available for purchase on AABB's website. Additional information regarding AABB's PBM efforts and leadership is located via www.aabb.org/pbm.

About AABB

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit www.aabb.org.

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