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MARCH 2018

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PBM Certificate Course
September 12, 2018

SABM Annual Meeting
September 13 - 15, 2018


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 2018 Newsletter Publication Schedule

March | July | November

Carolyn Burns, MD

Tiffany Hall, RN
Associate Editor

Sherri Ozawa, RN
Kevin Wright

Contributors for This Issue

Dale Black
Deborah Didesch, CRNFA, BSN, BHA
Becky Rock, RN
Keith Samolyk, CCP
Aryeh Shander, MD
Stacie Smith, CLS
Pierre R. Tibi, MD
Jessica Varisco, RN

Marketing Director
Dale Black

Membership Services
Carmen Melseth

SABM Officers and

SABM Spotlight

PBM—Administration and the Perfusionist

Professor James Brown In this rapidly changing healthcare environment hospitals are continually seeking to improve outcomes. This presents unique opportunities for the perfusionist and PBM. SABM board member, James Brown, MHA, CCP, LP, discussed the role of the perfusionist in AmSecToday. Brown noted that the percentage of perfusionist involvement in PBM has hovered at about the same level for several years. Why might this be? It seems that there has been a slow-moving process or understanding as to their role beyond the operating room. He addressed perfusionist abilities, specifically as to assets, opportunities, advancing technologies, and administrative roles.

As technology continues to advance, their role can also expand, which may need to start in the academic world for real progress to be achieved. For example, there is a need for greater understanding of data, such as in the cardiovascular surgery STS database. Hospital administrators may not be getting the full benefit of such data, an area in which the perfusionist can be instrumental. Overall, they can be utilized in other areas instead of what has become a singular focus on the RN model.

This highlights the need for an awareness of cross functionality due to their clinical strength. Perfusionists are experts in the OR for PBM, yet can be culturally invisible. There are multiple areas to expand such as surgical quality, and transfusion committee or C-Suite committees, transfusion safety officer or even PBM director.

Thank you James for your comments and for putting perfusionists at the forefront of PBM.

Contributor: Kevin T. Wright


Meet the New Board Members

Dr. Stacey ValentineDr. 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 served as an invited expert in fluid and transfusion management of critically ill children for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference.

She is currently using this expertise to co-chair the Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative (TAXI), a consensus conference series of international, multidisciplinary experts, to develop evidence-based and when evidence is lacking, expert-based consensus recommendations on red blood cell transfusion management in critically ill children, in collaboration with the Pediatric Critical Care Research Blood Network (BloodNet). 

She is the chair of the BloodNet blood management subgroup, as well as a fellow of the society of CHEST physicians and  a member of the honorary Society of Pediatric Research. Her research focuses on blood conservation and anemia reduction in critically ill children.  

Dr. Perelman Seth I. Perelman, M.D. is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is the Director of Thoracic Anesthesiology, Director of Anesthesia Equipment Clinical Decision Support and a member of the Transplant and Cardiothoracic anesthesiology team. As a clinical lead of the Surgical Value Based Medicine Committee, he is in the initial stages of implementing a Patient Blood Management program at NYU.

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, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesiology, and Transfusion.

Dr. Perelman is board certified in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography and is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 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), Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, where he serves as an alternate delegate to the ASA and a former executive board member of the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiology (NJSSA).

View the NEW Fourth Edition Clinical Standards for PBM

Check out the NEW Second Edition Quality Guide to Administrative and Clinical Standards

Check out the SABM Executive Guide for Patient Blood Management Programs

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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