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FALL 2017

The Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM)
invites healthcare organizations worldwide to participate in this week dedicated to educating patients and healthcare professionals about patient blood management.

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SABM 2017 Newsletter Publication Schedule

February | May | August | November

Carolyn Burns, MD

Associate Editor
Tiffany Hall, RN

Carolyn Burns, MD
Pierre Tibi, MD
Tiffany Hall, RN
Becky Rock, RN
Kevin Wright


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The 2017 Annual Meeting was an outstanding event with a multitude of abstracts. The oral and poster presentations highlighted the ongoing research by SABM members and affiliates.  Congratulations to all on these informative presentations!  In addition, the Research Committee provided an excellent review of the Top Patient Blood Management (PBM) publications in 2017.

The three award-winning abstracts and the cited publications are listed below.  Click on the links to review in more detail.


 #1        Safety and Efficacy of 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in Patients Receiving Vitamin K Antagonists Compared to Patients not Receiving Vitamin K Antagonists: A Single Center Retrospective Review.      

Authors: V Vakayil, MBBS1, E Coler, PharmD2, J Larson, PharmD2, M Chandrashekar, BS1, A Lord, BS1, J Welbig, MLS(ASCP)SBB3, ND Zantek, MD, PhD4, JV Harmon, MD, PhD, FACS1

1University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; 2University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; 3Fairview Health Services, Laboratory Administration, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States; 4 University of Minnesota, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

#2          The Incidence of Perioperative Anemia and Iron Deficiency in the Gynecology Oncology Patient Population Who Underwent an Open Approach Procedure at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2014.            

Authors: M Iacovelli, MN, RN1, D Bentley, RN1, D Vicus, MD2, Y Lin, MD1

1Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Blood Conservation Program, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

#3          Nationwide Trends in Blood Product Utilization by Major Procedural Categories: Evidence of Effectiveness of Blood Management Programs Across The Nation            

Authors: R Goel, MD, MPH1, 2, M Chappidi, MD, MPH3, E Patel, MPH3, SM Frank, MD4, PM Ness, MD3, MM Cushing, MD1, AA. R. Tobian, MD, PhD3

1New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Pathology, New York, New York, United States; 2New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, New York, New York, United States; 3Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Pathology, Baltimore, Maryland, United States; 4Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States



  1. Innerhofer P et al.  Reversal of trauma-induced coagulopathy using first-line coagulation factor concentrates or fresh frozen plasma (RETIC):  a single-centre, parallel group, open-label, randomised trial.  Lancet Haematology 2017; 4: e258.
  2. Warner M et al.  Prophylactic plasma transfusion is not associated with decreased red blood cell requirements in critically ill patients.  Anesth Analg 2017; 124: 1636.
  3. Cholette J et al.  Outcomes using a conservation versus liberal red blood cell transfusion strategy in infants requiring cardiac operation.  Ann Thorac Surg 2017; 103: 206.
  4. Yang W et al.  Single-unit transfusions and hemoglobin trigger: relative impact on red cell utilization. Transfus 2017; doi: 10.1111/trf.14000.
  5. Myles P et al.  Tranexamic acid in patients undergoing coronary-artery surgery.  N Engl J Med 2017; 376: 136.
  6. Leahy M et al.  Improved outcomes and reduced costs associated with a health-system wide patient blood management program: a retrospective observational study in four major adult tertiary-care hospitals.  Transfus 2017; 57: 1347.
  7. Shakur H et al. (WOMAN Trial Collaborators) Effect of early tranexamic acid administration on mortality, hysterectomy, and other morbidities in women with post-partum hemorrhage (WOMAN): an international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.  Lancet 2017; doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)3638-4



PBM for Patient Blood Management Section

Save the Date for SABM's Annual Meeting
September 13 – 15, 2018
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York, New York

Consider submitting your future manuscripts in PBM for peer review and publication in this new section. The success of this endeavor will depend on the provision of material to make it lively and attractive to our colleagues and other professionals in the field.

 Members Invited to Submit Papers CLICK HERE

 Join SABM's Call to Action for Medicare to Expand Coverage for Treatment of Anemia!

HERE for detailed information about what you can do to get involved.

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