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

  • Survey on Current PBM Practices Closes Friday


    AABB’s Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management (TS/PBM) subsection is conducting a survey of current PBM practices through Friday, July 29.
  • Latest ‘PBM Column’ Explores Evidence-Based Transfusion Thresholds


    AABB’s Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management (TS/PBM) Subsection recently released the latest article in its “PBM Column” series, “How Do I Select Evidence-Based Transfusion Thresholds for Platelets, Plasma and Cryoprecipitate?”
  • 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.