Patient Blood Management (PBM) is a multidisciplinary approach to preventing and managing anaemia, optimising haemostasis, minimising blood loss and reducing unnecessary use of blood and blood products.
National Patient Blood Management Guidelines (NBA and NHMRC) have been published in Australia since 2011, providing an evidence-based framework for caring for patients in whom transfusion may occur. Implementation of PBM strategies will lead to improved outcomes for patients, and support clinicians working towards appropriate, effective and efficient use of blood and blood products.
Clinical Guidelines as required for clinical practice as outlined in NSW Health Policy PD2012_016 Blood - Management of Fresh Blood Components:
- ANZSBT/RCNA Guidelines for the Administration of Blood Products 2nd Ed, Dec 2011 PDF ~ 801KB
- ANZSBT PLP Guidelines March 2007 PDF ~ 320KB
- Flippin' Blood, a bedside practice manual produced by BloodSafe (SA Health) and Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS).
- The National Blood Authority provides guidelines, fact sheets and information on implementing PBM in the clinical setting
- ARCBS Transfusion provides an extensive on line range of information and resources for health professionals related to blood products and transfusion practice
Patients, families and carers are vital care team members, and access to relevant and timely information supports informed decision making. The Blood Watch Program has developed and sourced resources specifically designed to support this process as it relates to the use of blood and blood products.
- My First Transfusion PDF ~ 5.3MB
The resources below were produced collaboratively by ANZSBT, BloodSafe, Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) and the New Zealand Blood Service. Hard copies are available from the ARCBS upon request.
- Children Receiving a Blood Transfusion: A Parents' Guide PDF ~270KB
- Amazing You PDF ~2.1MB
- Voyages comic PDF ~3.6MB
Australian Red Cross Blood Service provides extensive information on a range of topics for: