Improving Patient Blood Management
18-19 September 2019, Brisbane
Meeting Code HRT1918
Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based bundle of care that
optimizes medical and surgical patient outcomes by clinically managing and
preserving a patient’s blood.
Did you know that Australia is the only country in the world to have national PBM
guidelines? National Safety & Quality Standard 7 also mandates that hospitals
have a blood management programme and report on its outcomes. What better
way to stay ahead than by benchmarking transfusion practice and patient
outcomes with your peer hospitals?
The Joint Commission identified transfusion as one of the top 5 overused
procedures. Up to 60% of transfusions may be inappropriate and less than 12%
beneficial. A recent systematic review showed PBM programmes to be
associated with a 39% reduction in transfusion rate and almost half a day
reduction in length of stay! The WA PBM programme resulted in cost savings of
$80-100M over 5 years.
Can you afford not to do Patient Blood Management?
Despite the Australian guidelines and Patient Blood Management being a national
priority, there still exists wide variation in care. PBM is an important safety and
quality initiative with the potential to improve patient outcomes whilst also
reducing hospital expenditure.
Our Patient Blood Management Group provides an excellent forum for
discussion, and a great opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field and
share innovations with our membership.
What do you need to do?
- Designate a key liaison contact for
questions and follow-up
- Provide data on transfused units
- Organise a delegation to attend the
annual workshop—up to five people
- Prepare an innovation poster
presentation to share
- Track progress and report on current
What does The Health Roundtable do?
- Works with national and international
experts to identify key trends and
innovations in PBM
- Surveys participating health services to
identify innovative practices that are
already improving PBM.
- Summarises the meeting and circulates all
- Tracks progress on your action.