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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. 

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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

TransFuse 2014: Transformative-Fusion of Innovative Patient Blood Management
March 26-28

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

2013 Annual Meeting Sessions

Preconvention Physician's Workshop: Patient Care and Outcome Strategies (followed by product showcase and reception)

2013 AABB Annual Meeting PBM Schedule at a Glance (PDF)

(9107-TC-PBM) Nursing I: Nursing's Role in Preventing, Recognizing, and Managing the Pulmonary Complications of Transfusion
(9118-TC-PBM) How We Set Up a Preoperative Anemia Management Program
(9119-TC-PBM) Not Just a Package Insert: The Circular of Information for the Use of Human Blood and Blood Components
(9203-TC-PBM) Nursing II: So You Want a Transfusion Safety or Patient Blood Management Program—Now What?
(9211-TC-PBM) Near-patient Monitoring as a Guide for Blood Management
(9230-TC-PBM) Managing the Complex Bleeding Patient
(9232-TC-PBM) Hot Topics in Patient Blood Management
(9410-TC-PBM) New and Emerging Products for Treatment of Plasma Protein Deficiencies and Beyond
(9419-TC-PBM) Neonatal Patient Blood Management: Transfusion Thresholds, Blood Conservation Strategies, and Adverse Transfusion Outcomes (Joint AABB/SABM Program)
(9421-TC-PBM) First Do No Harm. Would Hippocrates Oppose Most Blood Transfusions?

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