SABM History

Founded in 2001, the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) was started by a group of dedicated volunteers who saw a need for a new way of thinking. The SABM founders realized that blood management ought to be the standard of care, and that blood transfusion should be viewed as the alternative. SABM is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through optimal blood management.

Who We Are

Today, SABM is recognized as a key educational resource for patient blood management. SABM is grounded in scientific validation, evidence-based practices and focused on promoting the patients’best interest through effective and optimal blood management.

What We Do

We promote education and training to achieve change through a multidisciplinary approach to patient blood management and utilization. This is done by creating a source of knowledge for all types of blood management strategies. SABM’s goal is to work toward incorporating patient blood management modalities into clinical practice and help the public, public, and medical communities to embrace the benefits of simple, safe, and effective patient blood management strategies.


Our hard work has paid off

SABM has:
  • Educated thousands of health care providers about the risks and benefits of blood transfusion and alternative approaches to patient treatment
  • Stimulated the development of many hospital-based programs designed to promote comprehensive PBM practices.
  • Taken a lead role in promoting early recognition and non-blood treatment of anemia
  • Successfully provided multi-disciplinary annual and regional Blood Management Educational Conferences
  • Provided expert advice to The Joint Commission in its development of blood management performance measures
  • Provide expert advice to the World Health Organization (WHO) on promoting the patient blood management concept and global implementation
  • Assembled the 2008 Cost of Blood Consensus Conference, which established that the real cost of transfusion was three to four times higher than historical estimates
  • Convened the 2009 International Consensus Conference on Transfusion Outcomes (ICCTO) in which a panel of international experts from several agencies (including the FDA, The Joint Commission, American Red Cross, and the Australian Red Cross) addressed the potential for harm associated with unnecessary blood transfusion
  • Developed standards and guidance for patient blood management programs
  • Established The Iron Corner—a comprehensive web-based learning program to help clinicians manage anemia, thus avoiding unnecessary transfusions