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MAY 2020 

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SABM 2020 Newsletter Publication 

Editor: Kevin T. Wright
Associate Editor: Majed Refaai, MD

Contributors for This Issue

Christine Cahill, RN, MS
Ann Marie Gordon, PA-C, MLS (ASCP)
Beverly Khaek-On, BSN, RN

Mary Ann O'Brien, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNE

Sherri Ozawa, RN
Seth Perelman, MD, FASA
Majed Refaai, MD
Cassandra Upchurch, RN
Sarah Walbolt, BSN, RN
Kevin T. Wright

Tim Bower, CAE

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SABM Spotlight

The Beginning: SABM Standards Language Translation to Korean and Portuguese

The SABM Clinical and Administrative Standards for PBM Programs provide the foundation for successful implementation and development of a hospital based PBM program. Although the Standards were developed in the United States, there is applicability in any healthcare setting worldwide. For a variety of reasons, certain national settings are particularly interested in PBM program development, and recently SABM members saw opportunities in both Brazil and South Korea. As such, a first step in translating these official Standards into both Portuguese and Korean was undertaken. Two physician champions have taken the lead: SABM member Guiherme Rabello, MD, The Heart Institute, University of São Paulo Brazil, (Instituto do Coração) and Jong Hoon Park, MD, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul, South Korea. They recognized the importance of SABM Standards to further their expanding PBM efforts. 

Translating medical information is not simply a matter of changing words and phrases, one also has to account for differences in culture, understanding of word usage and interpretation. Therefore, Dr. Rabello and Dr. Park realized that translators would need to adapt the PBM concepts to the Brazilian and Korean medical culture. It was also important to engage clinical teams and Administration (C-suite), to facilitate the adaptation of this initiative. Additionally, there would be a focus on improving the structure of current PBM concepts and implementing stronger pre-operative management procedures.

Initial planning began in November 2019, with the participation of a diverse group of team members including nursing staff, bio-medics, pharma departments, fellow surgeons/colleagues, and innovation seekers as volunteer translators; this foundational team would form a potential PBM Master Committee. As sections were completed, technical revision and internal consultation proved to be a critical step to confirm that local references from Brazilian and Korean regulations/protocols were in accordance with the SABM Standards. Sherri Ozawa, RN and Carolyn Burns, MD, have provided invaluable support throughout this process. 

It is a pleasure to note that the Brazilian Standards have been completed, and although the progress of the Korean translation has been impacted by COVID-19, this too is nearing completion. A SABM Volunteer workgroup which reports to the SABM Communications Committee has been assigned to support this project and it is exciting to see the excellent progress.

Contributors: Ann Marie Gordon, PA-C, MLS (ASCP), and Seth Perelman, MD, FASA

Brazilian Team Left to right: Jaqueline Ferreira, MSc, Biomedic; Manuela de Almeida Roediger, PhD; Filomena Regina Barbosa Gomes Galas, MD; Sherrira Garavelo, PhD; Ligia Cristina Cunha,RN; Rosangela Monteiro, PhD; Guilherme Rabello, MD

Jong Hoon Park, MD, and Hyunju Shin Ju, MD, of the Korean Translation Team


SABM would like to welcome these newly elected and reelected Board Members

James Brown, MHA, CCP, LP

Manager, Perfusion Services
NorthShore University Health System
Evanston, IL

James Brown is an accomplished leader with strong clinical skills, 25+ years of experience in the industry, and a history of successfully leading departments. He holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is board certified as a Perfusionist.

James provides leadership for hospital transfusion committees and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). Volunteering continuously within SABM as a mentor, speaker, and several publications that include the Co-Author of SABM Choosing Wisely campaign and the Standards and Best Practice for Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution.  James has worked with numerous hospitals and non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans and ensure alignment between organizational goals. He is also responsible for managing cross-functional teams that include the training and coaching of employees, all the while maintaining high-quality operations and monitoring results. James ensures strict compliance with regulations and safety standards.

He is a dedicated healthcare professional known for consistently improving patient outcomes and providing outstanding leadership.


Seth Perelman, MD, FASA

Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic and Transplant Anesthesiologist
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

Seth I. Perelman, M.D., F.A.S.A., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is a Cardiac Anesthesiologist and Director of Thoracic Anesthesiology, and Chairman of the Transfusion Committee at NYU Langone Health. 

As the first clinical lead for PBM at NYU he is in the process of  implementing a Patient Blood Management program at NYU. Dr. Perelman was previously the Associate Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Perelman has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to blood conservation, including acute normovolemic hemodilution, surgical blood management, management of preoperative anemia and bloodless management of the cardiac surgery patient. His publications have appeared in Anesthesiology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesilogy, and Transfusion.

Dr. Perelman is board certified in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. He is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), and served as the SABM liaison to the AABB Perioperative Standards Committee in 2004. Dr. Perelman is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Patient Blood Management, and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) working group on blood conservation.

Dr. Perelman received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine and an anesthesiology residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, where he also served as Chief Resident.


Rebecca (Becky) Rock, RN

Nurse Clinician, Program Coordinator of the Patient Blood Management Program, Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone)

Becky Rock is presently Nurse Clinician, Program Coordinator of the Patient Blood Management Program for Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Becky has been working in the field of blood conservation since 2007, providing supports for patients in 5 acute care hospitals (4 adult, 1 pediatric). Over the years, and particularly since becoming involved with the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), Becky has redeveloped the program to provide comprehensive Patient Blood Management (PBM) services and supports which span the patient perioperative experience, regularly utilizing transfusion data to assess impact of initiatives.

Becky regularly collaborates with the Calgary Zone Transfusion Safety Office Leaders in many safety-related projects; an eager public speaker, she also helps to provide transfusion-related education and in-servicing for healthcare professionals and groups both locally and beyond.

Since completing her education in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, in 1993, Becky’s experience as a Registered Nurse spans both Canada and the United States (Lubbock, TX), primarily in the setting of Critical Care: Post-Anesthesia Recovery, Endoscopy lab, and Intensive Care—Cardiac, Surgical, Trauma, and Cardio-Vascular (post open-heart).

Becky currently holds a number of volunteer roles in local, provincial and international organizations, related to her professional and personal interests:


  • Board of Directors—Director at Large
  • Mentorship Program; Nursing Education Workgroup—Chair
  • Strategic Plan Oversight Workgroup—Co-Chair
  • PBM Certificate Course Task Force—Member

Alberta Provincial Blood Coordinating Office-Advisory Council Member

Calgary Zone Nursing Professional Practice Council—Chair

Alexander’s Fund Board of Directors (Kleefstra’s Syndrome)—Director at Large

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Parent Association (Calgary, AB)—Past-President


Sharon Sledge, MA, MS, RN

Patient Blood Management Coordinator, Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center

Newark, NJ

Sharon Sledge is the Patient Blood Management Coordinator at the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.  Sharon has played a central role in preparing a bloodless medicine and surgery program for transition to a system-wide patient blood management program.  She has been a nurse for 35 years with experience in critical care, perinatal, OR, home health and various administrative positions.   During the past 13 years, her career has focused exclusively on Patient Blood Management where she has revitalized, developed and expanded three patient blood management/bloodless medicine programs that have achieved recognition both domestically and internationally for their cutting-edge advances in this field. 

Sharon has lectured at several national and international conferences on anemia and patient blood management.  As an active member in the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), she participates on several committees and has chaired multiple groups including the SABM nurses group, Membership Committee and the Patient Blood Management Awareness Week Committee.  Sharon co-authored an article in 2018 entitled “Clinical Experience with the Implementation of Accurate Measurement of Blood Loss during Cesarean Delivery: Influences on Hemorrhage Recognition and Allogeneic Transfusion”.  She has served as a mentor and a consultant to new ones entering the field and organizations starting patient blood management programs.

Most recently, Sharon has been actively working as a member of the New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative Health Care Disparities Work Group.  Post-partum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide and in the United States.  Since most deaths associated with hemorrhage are preventable, she is using this forum to introduce the vital role patient blood management can play in reducing post post-partum hemorrhage and factors that contribute to it. Her major focus will include education focused on patient blood management strategies and modalities including anemia management, pre-operative optimization, intra-operative/post-operative blood conservative techniques which can be implemented in both urban and suburban community perinatal settings.


Stacey Valentine, MD, MPH


Associate Professor,

Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Boston, MA

Dr. Stacey Valentine is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her pediatric critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and her Masters of Public Health and Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard University.

Dr. Valentine is the co-chair of the Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative, an international consensus series focused on creating guidelines for red blood cell transfusion practices in critically ill children. She also served as an invited expert in fluid and transfusion management for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference. She also serves as the chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators BloodNetwork Blood Management Section. She is a fellow of the society of CHEST physicians and is a member of the honorary Society of Pediatric Research. Her research focuses on improving transfusion practices through blood conservation and anemia reduction in critically ill children.

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