Blood management

Clinician Fact Sheet: Blood Management

Treatment with blood and blood products can be lifesaving, but there are also risks associated with their administration and use. Actions to minimise these risks include screening and testing donors and donated blood, conserving and managing a patient’s own blood and ensuring that all treatment options and their risks and benefits are considered and discussed before deciding to transfuse.

A patient’s own blood is a valuable and unique resource that should be conserved and managed. Good patient blood management requires a patient’s blood (haemopoietic and circulatory system) to be considered in the same way as the management of all other body systems. PBM should be the standard of care applied by all clinicians for patients facing a medical or surgical intervention who are at high risk of significant blood loss.

Task for Clinicians

You can help your health service organisation to implement the Blood Management Standard by completing the following tasks. These tasks are arranged by criterion for each Standard.
Last updated 30th May, 2018 at 09:00pm