Patient Blood Management and Utilization Program

What is Patient Blood Managment/Utilization?

Patient Blood Management/Utilization (PBM) is the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding in an effort to improve patient outcomes. (Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, 2018)

The Benefits of a Patient Blood Management Program

  • It reduces the risk in complications and problems related to blood products.
  • It Improves patient outcomes.
  • It reduces hospital stays, readmissions, and lengths of stay.
  • It ensures blood availability for those most in need.
  • It optimizes care for those who may need transfusion of blood products.
  • It fosters collaboration throughout our hospital system.
  • It saves costs related to blood product usage.

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough health red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body tissues. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin which is a protein in your red blood cells. There are many reasons a person may be anemic, including iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, bleeding, chronic inflammation, diseases of the bone marrow (which is the organ where blood is made), aging, and diseases that destroy blood cells.

Iron deficiency Anemia - Dietary Sources of Iron

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Beans
Beaf
Cereals
(whole grain and bran-based)
Farina (enriched)
Kidney beans
Lentils
Liver
Oysters
Soybeans

Blackstrap molasses
Dried apricots and peaches
Lean meat and turkey
Liverwurst
Nuts (e.g. cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts)
Olives
Prunes
Raisins
Sardines
Spinach
Tofu
Blackberries
Back-eyed peas
Bread
Chickpeas
Eggs
Green peas
Halibut, haddock, perch
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Tuna
Veal
Watermelon
 Ford, P.A., Ford, M., & Grant, S. (2016). Patient blood management strategies to treat anemia and thrombocytopenia in the cancer patient. In J. H. Waters, & S.M. Frank, Patient Blood

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