Patient Blood Management

Patient Blood Management (PBM) is the application of evidence-based medical and surgical concepts designed to prevent anemia and minimize blood loss. An effective patient blood management program is multi-discplinary and encourages conservation of the patient’s own blood supply, which decreases the need for blood product transfusion with its associated risks.

Minimizing Iatrogenic Blood Loss – A Key Conservation Goal

Perform only essential tests – avoid routine serial blood draws
Coordinate and consolidate tests
Minimize sample volume, particularly in the ICU setting
Consider Point of Care testing when available

Slides for the presentation given at the 2012 SABM Conference on the topic of medical ethics in bloodless medicine.


Bloodless Surgery on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Primum Non Nocere – First Do No Harm
Red Blood Cell Transfusion: New Guidelines from American Assn of Blood Banks (AABB)
US Healthcare: The Good News – PBS


Blood – Function and Composition

Blood Transfusions Linked to Increased Deaths in CABG Patients
Internal Medicine News

Bloodless Medicine Lessons Learned: Benefiting All
Supporting Safer Healthcare

Bloodless Pressure: More Surgery Without Transfusions – Featuring Cleveland Clinic
Wall Street Journal

Transfusions wane: Drug Lance Armstrong used can also help eliminate need for blood during surgery

National Post – Canada 

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