Many of us are hearing of potential shortages of blood components and the call from blood centers for volunteers to donate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Society for the Advancement of Blood Management recognizes the altruistic spirit and commitment to community that voluntary blood donors exhibit. Surprising to most people, though, is that after both natural and man-made disasters the use of transfused blood either stays the same or even declines.
Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, and as we would expect, the blood supply is dwindling as donors stay away and existing donated blood expires. However, calls from blood centers for more blood donors will not alleviate this problem, and unless we open ourselves to better solutions, we are bound for disaster.
SABM has developed the position statement which is available at the link below.
Hitting the Jackpot: Everyone Wins with Patient Blood Management!
SAVE THE DATE!
September 10-12, 2020 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV.
The SABM PBM Certificate Course will be offered on September 9, 2020.
March 24, 2020 update
SABM is taking all developments concerning the coronavirus disease very seriously. At this time, there are no plans to postpone or cancel the SABM 2020 Annual Meeting which takes place on September 9-12, 2020 at Caesar’s in Las Vegas. For the full update CLICK HERE
Patient Blood Management (PBM) is the timely application of evidence-based medical and surgical concepts designed to maintain hemoglobin concentration, optimize hemostasis and minimize blood loss in an effort to improve patient outcome.
The SABM Research Grant, supported by an educational grant from HemoSonics, LLC, is intended to advance the field of patient blood management by supporting an investigator who intends to study methods of advancing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patient blood management-related issues or concepts. The grant provides starter funding to further scientific inquiry and clinical knowledge in the field. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.Learn more or donate today.
"As an administrator, you don’t often have something presented to you that improves patient safety, improves clinical outcomes, quality of care -- and also saves money. And that’s exactly what a PBM program does.” - Larry Burns, FACHE, SABM Advisory Director
The SABM Executive Guide shows you how and why you should implement a PBM Program at your hospital.View the Table of Contents. To learn more about purchasing the guide, go to Publications.
Download the complimentary Executive PBMP Slide Deck.
Anemia is a condition that indicates there are not enough red blood cells in your circulation to transport sufficient amounts of oxygen to your body’s tissues. Oxygen acts like fuel—it provides energy for your muscles and organs to work. With anemia, other body systems have to compensate to deliver an adequate amount of oxygen to the tissues. For example, the heart beats faster and breathing becomes more rapid as the lungs take in air. Download the patient and healthcare consumer guide Anemia Treatment Strategies You Should Know to learn more.