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Patient Blood Management

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What is patient blood management?

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.

Why is PBM important?

There are many reasons why we should practice PBM:

  • It uses preventive techniques to conserve your own blood, eliminating the potential need for a blood transfusion.
  • It reduces your exposure to potential risks associated with blood transfusions, especially complications and infections.
  • It may help to decrease your hospital length of stay.
  • More blood is available to treat patients with life-threatening conditions, after all, blood is an important resource greatly affected by supply and demand, and it is often life-saving in trauma and other critical care situations.

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