We are pleased to announce that the title of our SABM section in Journal Anesthesia & Analgesia (A&A) has now been changed to Patient Blood Management (PBM), formerly named Blood Management. This is an important adjustment as we refine our focus on patient care. PBM is a patient‐centered rather than a blood product–centered approach to medical and surgical care. We applaud the vision of Jean-Francois Pittet, MD, A&A Editor-in-Chief for instituting this change. Members may recall that it was some three years ago when SABM entered into this collaborative agreement for A&A to launch this new section devoted to Patient Blood Management. SABM Board member, Susan Goobie, MD, is the Executive Section Editor of Patient Blood Management for A&A and she continues to work tirelessly. We encourage members to consider submitting future manuscripts in PBM, both national and international, for peer review and publication in this section.
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Pierre Tibi, MD, SABM President, and Sherri Ozawa RN, SABM President-elect, recently traveled to the InCor Hospital System in São Paolo, Brazil, to deliver a series of educational lectures on the implementation of a comprehensive Patient Blood Management program in a Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery setting. InCor is the largest hospital system in Latin America, and has comprehensive medical services including adult and pediatric heart transplant and other advanced medical and surgical cardiac procedures. Blood transfusion is a challenging issue in Latin America, with both supply and cost issues. InCor recognizes that a comprehensive Patient Blood Management strategy leads to increased efficiency, safety, and outcomes.
We are glad that Patient Blood Management is receiving attention, HOWEVER,
ICC-PBM article: JAMA. 2019;321(10):983-997. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0554.
Physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel looking to grow their knowledge and skills in Patient Blood Management -- from ethics to advanced techniques -- should consider enrolling in the new online course.
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