Patient Blood Management Guidelines

The National Blood Authority (NBA) has funded and managed the development of a series of evidence-based Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines, comprising six modules. The PBM Guidelines reflect a systematic review of the scientific literature and clinical expert consensus. Further details on the development process are outlined on the development process page.

The NBA has commenced a review of the PBM Guidelines.  The review is being undertaken across the suite of modules. The original modules remain available to guide practice. For more information please refer to the Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Update webpage.

Patient blood management guideline for adults with critical bleeding is intended to provide updated clinical guidance for health professionals providing immediate in-hospital care for adults with critical bleeding, including the use of a major haemorrhage protocol (MHP) to guide the use of blood components, blood products and blood conservation strategies.                                                                            


Image of front cover of Module 2 Patient Blood Management Guidelines PerioperativeModule 2 Perioperative is intended to inform health-care practitioners, health educators, health service managers and policy makers about the pre, intra and postoperative care of patients undergoing surgery or invasive procedures, particularly those in which blood loss is anticipated.


Image of front cover of Module 3 Patient Blood Management Guidelines MedicalModule 3 Medical is intended to assist and guide clinical decisions and coordination of health-care across the primary, secondary and tertiary care setting for patients with acute or chronic medical conditions requiring haematological intervention.

Image of front cover of Module 4 Patient Blood Management Guidelines Critical CareModule 4 Critical Care is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing patients requiring critical care.

Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing pregnant and postpartum women. 

Picture of the cover of PBM guidelines module 6 neonatal and paediatricsModule 6 Neonatal and Paediatrics is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions about blood management in neonatal and paediatric patients.


Electronic copies of the modules and accompanying quick reference guides (QRGs) are available by clicking on the relevant modules above. 






Accessing the Guidelines

If you would like to order printed modules and QRGs, free of charge within Australia and New Zealand only, please complete the Publications Order Form.

Keep up to date with the progress of the Guidelines

To keep up to date with the review and update of the PBM Guidelines, you can register for progress updates through BloodPortal where updates are automatically sent to your nominated email address as they are released. BloodPortal also enables you to have one place where you can update your contact details with the NBA and subscribe to mailing lists relating to PBM and transfusion in Australia. The latest update is available on this site at Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Updates.

For more information

To provide feedback and inform future reviews of the modules, please send any comments on content or implementation to the project manager at:

  • Email
  • Mail:
    Patient Blood Management Guidelines
    National Blood Authority
    Locked Bag 8430
    Canberra ACT 2601
  • Fax (02) 6151 5300