Every Drop Counts: Patient Blood Management

Published:September 10, 2022DOI:


      Patient blood management (PBM) programs exist in many hospitals, from small community hospitals to large urban Level I trauma centers. PBM improves patient outcomes by protecting the patient‘s own blood rather than promptly resorting to transfusion. The American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign identifies blood transfusion as one of the top areas of overuse in health care. PBM works to improve a patient’s overall blood health while providing ongoing education to both patients and clinicians in this growing field. Nurses play a key role in this area, benefiting patients, hospitals, and health insurers by encouraging conservative use of an expensive and limited medical resource.
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      Rita Schwab, formerly the program director of patient blood management at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is currently an advisory board member for the Society for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management. She can be reached at [email protected] . Molly Kosoglow, BSN, RN, MBA, is transfusion safety director and Erin Suydam, MD, FACS, is medical director of patient blood management at Allegheny Health Network.