From blood transfusion to patient blood management: a new paradigm for patient care and cost assessment of blood transfusion practice
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 332–338, March 2012
How to Cite
Leahy, M. F. and Mukhtar, S. A. (2012), From blood transfusion to patient blood management: a new paradigm for patient care and cost assessment of blood transfusion practice. Internal Medicine Journal, 42: 332–338. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02717.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Received 29 April 2011; accepted 15 November 2011.
- blood product;
- patient blood management;
The ageing population in developed countries, including Australia, is putting increasing demands on blood transfusion services. With a falling donor pool there is likely to be a shortage of blood and blood products in the next 20 to 30 years unless there are significant changes in medical practice. The National Health and Medical Research Council/Australasian Society of Blood Transfusion Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Blood Components from 2001 are being redeveloped by the National Health and Medical Research Council/Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion as evidence-based patient-focused Patient Blood Management guidelines with the aim of improving patient outcomes by reducing inappropriate blood and blood product use and targeting therapies for improving the management of anaemia and coagulopathies.