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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

Arthur Bracey, MD
James Brown, CCP
Carolyn Burns, MD
Elizabeth Dackiw, RN
Nabil Hassan, MD
Tiffany Hall, RN
Becky Rock, RN
Kevin Wright
Roger True, MD
Sandy Mann, RN
Jackie Nusbaum, RN
Nathaniel Usoro, MD

Executive Director
Sherri Ozawa, RN


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There is a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the patient blood management (PBM) program. This evaluation is integrated into appropriate quality review activities within each institution. The information is used to improve anemia management, minimize blood loss and improve transfusion practice. This evaluation is based on metrics defined by the hospital. 

SABM continually emphasizes the benefits of ongoing research and it follows that one of our important goals is to review or analyze the positive impact of innovative PBM programs. Our close association with leading international health organizations means that we have our finger on the pulse of the most current needs and technologies. The reader’s attention is directed to our PBM EZINE (November 2016), the abstract “COST EFFECTIVENESS” which reports on provable cost savings that are ever more important to the success of PBM programs as hospital administrator’s grapple with the changing financial landscape. The abstract “PATIENT BLOOD MGMT/PROGRAMS” appropriately draws attention to the trauma patient and improved outcomes by implementation of PBM. These are just two examples of quality research readily available on the SABM website.

 As part of research or evaluation, indicators 4.3 and 4.4 emphasize data collection. This may include such metrics as the number of units of red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate that are transfused, percentage of inpatients transfused, also the average hemoglobin or hematocrit before and after transfusion. Other data might include the number of patients enrolled in preoperative anemia management, the use of erythropoietic stimulating agents or intravenous iron, pharmacologic agents, and evaluation of procedural blood loss including phlebotomy. Innovative PBM programs have seen much benefit from the evaluation of overall transfusion practices by clinical service or section (e.g., Surgery, Orthopedics, etc.), and by individual ordering physician. This can provide physicians with an opportunity to see how their transfusion decisions compare to their peers, encouraging improvement in transfusion decisions.

Comprehensive PBM consists of multiple patient-centered strategies that improve clinical outcomes. Accordingly, program evaluation and quality improvement involves much more than transfusion utilization review and of necessity would include systematic evaluation of the various treatment modalities available. The start of a new year provides an excellent opportunity to review our individual PBM programs, benefitting from the resources SABM makes available to members with measurable improvements in the patient care provided at our hospitals.

Contributor: Kevin T. Wright  


PBM for Patient Blood Management Section

Save the Date for SABM's Annual Meeting
September 6 – 9, 2017
Hilton & Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon

PBM Certificate Course
September 6, 2017
7:00am – 6:00pm

Annual Meeting
September 7 – 9, 2017

Submit an Abstract to Present at the 2017 Meeting

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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