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Patient Blood Management

The transfusion of allogeneic blood and its components has been a critical part of healthcare delivery for years. Although evidence-based criteria for clinically appropriate transfusion have been published, as well as consensus guidelines based on expert opinion, blood continues to be transfused to patients outside these recommended criteria and guidelines without demonstrating a benefit to the patient.

Patient Blood Management was developed to educate and support the entire spectrum of patient transfusion, from identifying and treating presurgical anemia, to interoperative strategies to avoid transfusion, to addressing transfusion practices. This presentation will provide an overview of what Patient Blood Management (PBM) is and will include discussion of the risks associated with blood transfusion as well as provide ideas for how medical laboratory professions can get involved in this patient centered, patient safety initiative.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of patient blood management (PBM)
  • Describe PBM strategies to improve patient outcomes and safety
  • Outline what a hospital wide PBM program looks like
  • Identify opportunities to involve the MLS and MLT PBM activities

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Blood Banking will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Basic-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.

Laurie Gillard, MS, MLS(ASCP)SBB(ASCP)