COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE

 

SABM has convened a COVID-19 Advisory Board to search out, review and circulate COVID-19 resources that will be helpful to the SABM community.  If you have a recommendation for the COVID-19 Resource Page please email the link or item to [email protected].  We hope you find this information helpful.

* Disclaimer: SABM has placed these materials as “information only” without direct input or promotion of particular studies.*

 


SABM Position: Patient Blood Management During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic (posted 03/31/2020)

Many of us are hearing of potential shortages of blood components and the call from blood centers for volunteers to donate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Society for the Advancement of Blood Management recognizes the altruistic spirit and commitment to community that voluntary blood donors exhibit. Surprising to most people, though, is that after both natural and man-made disasters the use of transfused blood either stays the same or even declines.

Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, and as we would expect, the blood supply is dwindling as donors stay away and existing donated blood expires. However, calls from blood centers for more blood donors will not alleviate this problem, and unless we open ourselves to better solutions, we are bound for disaster.

SABM has developed the position statement which is available at the link below.

TO DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF THE POSITION STATEMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE


SABM announces a new resource article on PBM in a Pandemic (posted 04/14/2020)

SABM and IFPBM have led the effort to create a global coalition of clinical leaders in Patient Blood Management to write and publish the article "The Essential Role of Patient Blood Management in a Pandemic: A Call for Action".  The important piece will be published in the July 2020 issue of the Anesthesia & Analgesia journal.

To access the full article please CLICK HERE

The abstract of the article is below:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a pandemic. Global health care now faces unprecedented challenges with widespread and rapid human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and high morbidity and mortality with COVID-19 worldwide. Across the world, the medical care is hampered by a critical shortage of not only hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment, ventilators and hospital beds, but also impediments to the blood supply. Blood donation centers in many areas around the globe have mostly closed. Donors, practicing social distancing, some either with illness or undergoing self-quarantine, are quickly diminishing. Drastic public health initiatives have focused on containment and “flattening the curve” while invaluable resources are being depleted. In some countries, the point is reached at which demand for such resources, including donor blood outstrips supply. Questions as to the safety of blood persist. Although it does not appear very likely that the virus can be transmitted through allogeneic blood transfusion, this still remains to be fully determined. As options dwindle, we must enact regional and national shortage plans worldwide, and more vitally disseminate the knowledge of and immediately implement Patient Blood Management (PBM). PBM is an evidence-based bundle of care to optimize medical and surgical patient outcomes by clinically managing and preserving a patient’s own blood. This multinational and diverse group of authors issue this “Call to Action” underscoring “The Essential Role of Patient Blood Management in the Management of Pandemics” and urging all stakeholders and providers to implement the practical and common-sense principles of PBM and its multi-professional and multimodality approaches.