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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 



SABM Officers and


Standard of the Quarter

Standard # 1 - Leadership and Program Structure

There is an effective organization-wide, patient-centered, patient blood management program. The program has a physician as medical director to provide clinical leadership and oversight and a program manager to provide operational leadership.

The Patient Blood Management (PBM) program must have effective leadership and structure; the physician lead and program manager ultimately define the mission, vision, and values of the program as well as set forth the policies and procedures, which would include clinical protocols, educational programs and a process for review of patient outcomes. Historically, a strong program is appropriately positioned within the organizational structure to reflect strong administrative support. The physician medical director establishes clinical protocols with an emphasis on reducing bleeding and blood loss and managing anemia. The program manager navigates the health care system and handles day-to-day operations, while providing guidance and education to staff.

Indicator 1.6 states: “There is a comprehensive education program targeting physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, pharmacists and other ancillary health care staff regarding the patient blood management program’s goals, structure, and scope.” Clinical protocols provide tools for use in caring for patients.  An educational program is necessary for clinicians to understand where to obtain support and how to use the tools provided. Continuing education on the risks and benefits of blood transfusion and other treatment modalities will help facilitate and maintain a change in clinical practice and a reduction in transfusions. Therefore, it is important to understand the role of erythropoietic stimulating agents, intravenous iron, folic acid and other modalities for treating anemia, and other pharmacologic agents such as antifibrinolytics, factor concentrates, and topical haemostatic agents.

Indicator 4.5 states: “Quality measures defined by the hospital are used to assess the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of patient blood management clinical strategies in reducing blood utilization, minimizing bleeding and blood loss and managing anemia.” Appropriately, the program would monitor patient outcomes that may include surgical and anesthetic techniques to reduce blood loss, techniques for minimizing procedural blood loss, perioperative blood recovery and reinfusion, normovolemic hemodilution, and so forth.

Historically, transfusion practices are generally influenced by the ordering physician and the location and culture of the healthcare institution, rather than the clinical condition of the patient. SABM Standards address clinical activities related to PBM and are intended to optimize clinical outcomes and improve patient safety.  These Standards can be used to accelerate adoption of evidence-based practices and clinical guidelines in any institution.  

 Contributor: Kevin T. Wright


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.

View the New Fourth Edition Clinical Standards for PBM

View the New Second Edition Quality Guide to Administrative and Clinical Standards

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