Improving patient blood management
Client: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Patient blood management (PBM) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need transfusion.
Patients undergoing surgery are at increased risk of needing transfusion. Good PBM practice requires health-care practitioners, health educators, health service managers and policy makers to optimise their pre, intra and postoperative care of patients undergoing surgery or invasive procedures, particularly those in which blood loss is anticipated.
The KP Health team is supporting the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Improvement Foundation in a national patient blood management collaborative. The collaborative includes hospitals and health services from the majority of Australian jurisdictions. The purpose of the collaborative is to optimise patient blood status prior to elective surgery for selected high risk surgical procedures.