Patient Blood Management

Patient blood management (PBM) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients who might need a blood transfusion. PBM encompasses all aspects of the transfusion decision-making process, beginning with the initial patient evaluation and continuing through clinical management. These techniques are designed to ensure optimal patient outcomes, while maintaining the blood supply to guarantee that blood components are available for patients when they are needed.

AABB is a global leader in providing PBM education and resources. AABB’s resources help hospitals build evidence-based PBM programs that personalize blood transfusion to improve patient outcomes.

Featured Resources

Basics in PBM eCast Series

Learn how to start or operationalize your PBM program in this expert-led series. Member registration is complimentary thanks to the generous support of Haemonetics Corporation.

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AABB's PBM Toolkit

An online resource center for PBM Professionals interested in strengthening their knowledge and skill set.

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Additional Resources

TS/PBM Subsection

The Transfusion Safety (TS) and Patient Blood Management Subsection brings together program leaders and PBM experts to share information and help one another.


The Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program help facilities that are implementing or enhancing PBM efforts to have a solid foundation for maintaining and optimizing the care of patients who may or may not need transfusion.


AABB and The Joint Commission (TJC) have teamed up to offer Patient Blood Management Certification. This voluntary hospital certification is open to TJC-accredited hospitals.

Latest PBM News and Activities

  • Latest ‘PBM Column’ Discusses Inventory Considerations, Avoiding Wastage


    In this complimentary resource, Richard R. Gammon, MD, medical director at OneBlood, describes how blood centers define mild, moderate and severe shortages and outlines potential strategies to address shortages based on their severity.
  • New ‘PBM Column’ Addresses Point-of-Care Testing


    In this complimentary resource, Deborah Tolich, DNP, RN, from Cleveland Clinic Health System, explores the benefits and challenges associated with point-of-care testing (POCT), along with patient blood management (PBM) considerations.
  • AABB Releases Complimentary PBM Publication


    AABB is pleased to offer complimentary access to the third edition of Citations in Patient Blood Management, designed to assist individuals who are interested in establishing or enhancing a patient blood management (PBM) program at their institution.
  • Tuesday’s Twitter Chat Will Address PBM in Hospitals


    In a time of persistent blood shortages, adopting a patient blood management (PBM) program can help hospitals to extend the blood supply. AABB’s next Twitter chat will explore the adoption of PBM strategies in the hospital emergency department.
  • AABB Twitter Chat Will Address PBM in Hospitals


    Join Richard R. Gammon, MD, medical director at OneBlood, and Chris Bocquet, senior director, Standards Development and Quality Initiatives at AABB, to discuss strategies that hospitals can employ to support PBM efforts in the emergency department.