Update of the Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines
Patient blood management guideline for adults with critical bleeding (guideline) was published electronically on 10 August 2023 on MAGICapp - a web-based platform for guidelines (https://app.magicapp.org/#/guidelines). It is also accessible at https://www.blood.gov.au/pbm-critical-bleeding along with a summary of the clinical guidance, an adaptable major haemorrhage protocol (MHP) template and a technical report describing the evidence review process.
The intent of the guideline is to provide updated clinical guidance for health professionals providing immediate in-hospital care for adults with critical bleeding, including the use of an MHP to guide the use of blood components, blood products and blood conservation strategies.
The clinical guidance is based on scientific evidence and consensus among clinical experts. The NBA gratefully acknowledges the dedication and expertise provided by the multidisciplinary Clinical/Consumer Reference Group.
The research questions underpinning the perioperative (Module 2), medical (Module 3), critical care (Module 4), obstetrics and maternity (Module 5) and neonatal and paediatric (Module 6) populations were reviewed together and have been amended for the update process.
The research questions underpinning the perioperative (Module 2), medical (Module 3), critical care (Module 4), obstetrics and maternity (Module 5) and neonatal and pediatric (Module 6) populations were reviewed together and have been amended for the update process.
The updated research questions can be accessed via the links below.
- Research questions for the update of Modules 2-6 (pdf) (634.23 KB)
- Research questions for the update of Modules 2-6 (docx) (23.86 KB)
Once the research questions are prioritised in consultation with clinical stakeholders, updated clinical guidance will be developed and published incrementally in accordance with the priority list.
Updated guidance identified in the critical bleeding population will be incorporated or cross-referenced in other populations where appropriate.
While the review is underway, the original perioperative, medical, critical care, obstetrics and maternity, and neonatal and pediatric modules remain in place to guide practice.
Patient Blood Management education
BloodSafe eLearning Australia (BEA) provides online courses relating to PBM and clinical transfusion practice for health professionals. The courses are available free of charge on www.bloodsafelearning.org.au and include courses on Clinical Transfusion Practice, Patient Blood Management, Acute Care and Surgical, Medical, Obstetrics, Neonates and Paediatrics and Iron Deficiency Anaemia. Also available in the ‘resource centre’ is a range of videos, tools and promotional materials.
To support health providers to implement the PBM Guidelines, the NBA facilitates the development of tools and materials, available free of charge here.
If you would like to receive updates on the PBM Guidelines, please register via BLOODportal to create an account and subscribe to the ‘Patient Blood Management Guideline Development’ mailing list. For further information please contact the NBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.