Patient Blood Management Guidelines

The first three modules of the National Blood Authority's Patient Blood Management Guidelines have been released.

Mr Leigh McJames, National Blood Authority's General Manager, said, "while blood transfusions are a recognised life-saving part of medical treatment, they can also be associated with adverse events and poorer outcomes for some patient groups. These guidelines provide healthcare professionals with the latest evidence-based approach to managing patients to minimise unnecessary exposure to transfusions where possible and deliver better outcomes for patients."

The guidelines have been developed by experts from clinical speciality colleges, societies and consumer representatives working with the NBA.

The Patient Blood Management Guidelines are a series of 6 modules that focus on evidence-based patient blood management. The modules are intended to assist and guide clinical decisions and coordination of healthcare across the primary, secondary and tertiary care settings for patient-specific groups requiring blood or blood products as part of their treatment.

Patient blood management aims to improve clinical outcomes for patients by avoiding unnecessary blood transfusion. It includes the three pillars of:

*Optimisation of blood volume and red cell mass
*Minimisation of blood loss
*Optimisation of the patient's tolerance of anaemia.

Guidelines currently available:

*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion

*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 2 Perioperative

*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 3 Medical

In development :

*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 4 Critical Care
*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 5 Obstetric
*Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 6 Paediatric / Neonate

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