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

  • Data Suggest Wide Variability in Neonatal Transfusion Thresholds


    There is wide variability in pre-transfusion hemoglobin, platelet count and international normalized ratio (INR) values for neonatal transfusions, according to findings from a retrospective cohort study published recently in The Journal of Pediatrics.
  • Latest ‘PBM Column' Addresses Hospital-Acquired Anemia


    In this complimentary resource, Jennifer Rhamy, MBA, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, HP, director of St. Mary’s Regional Blood Donor Center, examines the causes of and best practices to prevent iatrogenic, or hospital-acquired, anemia.
  • Latest AABB Guides Now Available


    AABB recently published a collection of unique resources designed to support members in their professions. The three new AABB Guides cover key guidelines on patient blood management (PBM) and pneumatic tube delivery systems.
  • Latest ‘PBM Column’ Explores the Development of PBM Metrics


    In this complimentary resource, Deborah Tolich, DNP, RN, explores how PBM professionals can identify, visualize and operationalize metric data to help their programs achieve their goals.
  • AABB Celebrates PBM Awareness Week


    AABB proudly supports Patient Blood Management Awareness Week, taking place Nov. 2-6.