Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based approach used by clinicians to optimize a patient's current medical condition in order to ensure successful recovery. Its main focus is on preventing anemia and/or blood loss, but it also involves investigating and treating anemia when present.
PBM uses different medical and surgical techniques to avoid the use of blood transfusions if possible. It is important to remember that PBM does not mean that patients are never transfused. Despite all the techniques designed to avoid transfusions, when a transfusion is needed there are protocols and guidelines to help physicians make appropriate transfusion decisions.