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Patient Blood Management through the Lens of Patient Safety

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Course Description 


While blood has played a central role in clinical practice for decades, the proof of safety and efficacy of blood transfusions remains ill-defined in comparison to other forms of medical and surgical interventions. This module will review the safety implications of blood transfusion and introduce the practice of Patient Blood Management.

Patient Blood Management (PBM) is the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques to manage anemia, optimize coagulation, and decrease bleeding, while incorporating patients as partners in decision making. PBM focuses on multidisciplinary and multimodality preventive measures to decrease the need for blood transfusions and ultimately improve clinical patient outcomes.


This module will provide information and resources to educate health care professionals on the following key areas:

  • History of blood transfusion
  • Safety implications of blood transfusion
  • Clinical principles of Patient Blood Management
  • Strategies for establishing a Patient Blood Management Program

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Define Patient Blood Management
  • Outline current evidence-based indications for transfusions
  • Identify current risks associated with allogeneic transfusions and the effect on patient outcomes
  • Identify how the components of PBM contribute to improving patient safety
  • List five steps for establishing a Patient Blood Management Program in a hospital setting

Continuing Education

This module has been accredited to offer the following Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education contact hours. For more information, please click here.

  • 1.50 contact hours for physicians 
  • 1.50 contact hours for nurses
  • 1.50 contact hours for healthcare quality professionals
  • 1.50 contact hours for professionals in healthcare risk management
  • 1.50 contact hours for healthcare executives
  • 1.50 contact hours for laboratory professionals 

All event planners and presenters have disclosed in accordance with requirements. For more information, click here

Module Faculty

This module was developed collaboratively by an advisory panel of the following subject matter experts:

Victor A. Ferraris, MD, PhD
Tyler Gill Professor of Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Section Chief Cardiothoracic
Lexington VA Medical Center

Anita L. Fligge, RN
Clinical Project Manager
Transfusion Safety Officer
John Muir Health

Sherri Ozawa, RN
Clinical Director, Patient Blood Management
Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Meredith A. Reyes, MD
Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine
Co-Director of Community Pathology
Laboratory Services
Houston Methodist Hospital

Jennifer Rhamy MBA, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, HP
Director, Regional Blood Donor Center
St. Mary’s Hospital


NPSF would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their special assistance with this project:

Richard J. Benjamin, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross Holland Laboratories

James Isbister, MBBS, BSc(Med), FRACP, FRCPA
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Sydney Medical School

Emeritus Consultant Haematologist
Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney, Australia

Louis M. Katz, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
America’s Blood Centers

Kimberly J. Maynard, BSN, RN, OCN
Nurse Coordinator
Comprehensive Breast Oncology Program
Former Transfusion Safety Officer
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Paul D. Mintz, MD
Deputy Director
Division of Hematology
Office of Blood Research and Review
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration

NPSF would also like to note that publication of PATIENT BLOOD MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF PATIENT SAFETY was made possible thanks to an educational grant from Haemonetics®



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