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.
Best Practices and Clinical Practice Guidelines
Proposed Best Practices for a Patient Blood Management Program
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
AABB 2013-2014 PBM Webinar Series
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)