New ‘PBM Column’ Focuses on Use of Clinical Decision Support Systems

October 11, 2022

AABB’s Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management (TS/PBM) Subsection recently released the latest article in its “PBM Column” series, “How Do I Use Clinical Decision Support for Patient Blood Management?” 

In this complimentary resource, Mark T. Friedman, DO, from NYU Langone Health Long Island School of Medicine, focuses on how the use of clinical decision support systems (CDSS) and clinical practice guidelines (CPG) can support PBM programs.

Friedman begins by discussing common barriers to CPG implementation, such as CPG trustworthiness, patient-related concerns and conflicting guidance from different organizations. The column continues by examining CDSS strategies that may improve clinical practices, including a discussion of findings from an institution that introduced CDSS for RBC transfusions. Friedman concludes by sharing how use of CDSS strategies has affected blood utilization at his institution.

Additional PBM resources are available in AABB’s PBM Toolkit.