Reviews of Educational Material  |   February 2017
Patient Blood Management.
Author Notes
  • Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Pain and Hyperbaric Medicine, Director of TeamHealth Research, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey. aryeh.shander@ehmchealth.org
  • (Accepted for publication October 10, 2016.)
    (Accepted for publication October 10, 2016.)×
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Reviews of Educational Material / Coagulation and Transfusion
Reviews of Educational Material   |   February 2017
Patient Blood Management.
Anesthesiology 2 2017, Vol.126, 358-359. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001440
Anesthesiology 2 2017, Vol.126, 358-359. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001440
Patient Blood Management is a book that considers a concept that transcends transfusion medicine. It is solely aimed at disease management rather than focusing on a single therapeutic modality, transfusion.
The foreword by Denton A. Cooley sums up the essence of patient blood management (PBM) by stating that it is a “compelling concept to preempt anemia, correct bleeding disorders, and minimize blood loss.” He continues by stating that this is an evidence-based approach that has yielded the desired outcomes of improved patient’s health and reduced resource utilization. The preface, written by the three editors, expands on the concept and focuses on the intent of this PBM “book” by addressing the multiprofessional and multidisciplinary approach that spans a multitude of topics from preoperative anemia management to management of patients for whom blood is not an option. Although referred to as a book, this publication is more appropriately described as a “manual” on PBM. Recognizing the burgeoning data on patient outcome associated with a large number of possible interventions (beyond the current single approach—transfusion) applied together or as a single modality, this bundled care includes identification, diagnosis and treatment of anemia, blood conservation both surgical and phlebotomy, and “tolerating” anemia, while therapeutic modalities other than transfusions are implemented effectively. The manual’s content would encourage the reader to explore elsewhere for more detailed data and newer data that are constantly being added to the literature.
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