What is Patient Blood Management?

Blood management is a systematic approach to patient care with the goal of preventing avoidable transfusions and ensuring the safe and efficient use of blood component therapy when it is necessary. This management approach emphasizes early diagnosis and treatment of anemia using pharmaceutical interventions rather than transfusion, and minimizing blood loss during one’s care in the hospital.

The use of blood in the United States is significantly higher than in most European countries (15 percent higher) and Canada (44 percent higher). Our blood management approach can reduce transfusion in a way that is safe, efficient, and more cost effective.

Patient blood management is a scientifically-based approach to reducing or eliminating the need for blood transfusion. In some healthcare organization, it may be referred to as bloodless medicine. Patient Blood Management is best care for all patients.

In addition, our Patient Blood Management Program offers comprehensive care for those people who refuse blood transfusions for religious or personal reasons or who accept blood transfusions or component therapy only in the most life-threatening circumstances.

For those patients who do not accept transfusions, “bloodless medicine” is available . However, our program aims to avoid transfusion in every patient when possible, and limit exposure to transfused blood when a “bloodless” approach is not desirable or possible.