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JULY 2018

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SABM 2018 Newsletter Publication Schedule

March | July | November

Carolyn Burns, MD

Tiffany Hall, RN
Associate Editor

Sherri Ozawa, RN
Kevin Wright

Contributors for This Issue

Nabil Hassan, MD

Stacey Valentine, MD

Brian Boville, MD

Susan Goobie, MD

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Letter from the President

Pierre Tibi, MDDear Colleagues and Fellow Members, 

It is once again with great pleasure that I am privileged to share my thoughts with you in this edition of the SABM Newsletter.

This quarter, I have been thinking about the truly universal and global applications of Patient Blood Management. This is not only because our 2018 Annual Meeting will host PBM experts from all over the world, yet also because I have just returned from Nigeria commemorating "Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Week", as well as the official opening of the Bloodless Program at The University Teaching Hospital of Nigeria in Calabar.  The differences in health care globally are well-known to those that have visited other health care systems around the world, but can be very eye-opening to those less travelled.  Whether careful blood management is warranted because of improved outcomes, cost containment, mandatory resource utilization or inadequate hemovigilence, Patient Blood Management is a growing necessity worldwide.  Our Annual Meeting in September will not only cover PBM from A to Z, we will also discuss cutting edge research, exhibit industry sponsors' pharmaceuticals and devices, and there will be a noteworthy focus on the global strategies and opportunities for international development of PBM.

As you peruse this theme-based newsletter, it should be noted that there have been significant PBM developments in the pediatric and neonatal population, that will also be presented in Brooklyn.  The Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative (TAXI), organized and led by members of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), the Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network (BloodNet) and the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Investigators Network (PALISI), recently completed a two-year international consensus series to develop evidence-based and when evidence lacking, expert consensus-based recommendations regarding decision making for red blood cell transfusion management, patient blood management and research priorities for red blood cell transfusion in critically ill children. SABM is proud to be a supporter of the TAXI Consensus Series, through the 2016 SABM-Haemonetics Research Starter Grant, which was awarded to Stacey Valentine, the co-chair of TAXI. Read more about this soon-to-be-released publication in the Newsletter Spotlight.

Our membership worldwide continues to push the vision and mission of PBM for adults and pediatric patients.  It is with this focus and excitement that we share this Summer Newsletter content and look forward to meeting so many of you in September.


Pierre R. Tibi, MD

Blood on Their Hands


Donna Shaw, co-author of Blood on Their Hands, is speaking on this fascinating subject at the SABM 2018 Annual Meeting.

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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