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For Immediate Release
May 08, 2015
AABB Public Relations Department
AABB Announces New White Paper on PBM Programs
White paper offers examples of creative solutions to commonly encountered problems

Bethesda, Md. – AABB is proud to announce its latest white paper, “Building a Better Patient Blood Management Program.” This resource provides the necessary tools for organizations to overcome common hurdles associated with starting a patient blood management, or PBM, program.

“Building a Better Patient Blood Management Program” includes discussion of how to make a convincing business case for implementing a PBM program and examples of creative solutions to commonly encountered problems, such as a lack of resources or resistance to change.

“As a pioneer in this critical area of medicine, AABB is proud to offer the white paper to assist in the development of this important patient evaluation and clinical management process,” said Miriam A. Markowitz, AABB CEO. “This white paper guides clinicians to the tools needed to navigate the logistics associated with implementing a successful PBM program to optimize patient health and safety.”

Key topics highlighted in the white paper include:

  • Building the business case for a PBM Program
  • Transforming Challenges Into Opportunities: The Saskatoon Experience
  • Taking Advantage of Transfusion Committee Resources

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. PBM can reduce the need for allogenic blood transfusions and reduce health-care costs, while ensuring that blood components are available for the patients who need them.

The white paper is available for download, free of cost, on AABB’s website. Additional information on AABB’s PBM efforts can be found on our website,

About AABB

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. 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

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