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The European Commission has published two guides on Patient Blood Management


The guides, one addressed to authorities and the other addressed to hospitals, have been developed via a Public Health Programme service contract (nº 20136106).


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The publication is timely as, just one month ago, the journal Transfusion[*] published impressive results from a comprehensive 5-year PBM programme in Western Australia, the world’s largest programme to date on PBM. It included 605,046 patients admitted to Western Australia’s four major adult tertiary-care hospitals, with results showing a 28% reduction in hospital mortality, a 15% reduction in average hospital length of stay, a 21% decrease in hospital-acquired infections (transfused patients are more susceptible to infection) and a 31% decrease in the incidence of heart attack or stroke. The use of blood products was reduced by 41% during the study period, achieving not only these significant patient outcome benefits but also representing a very substantial cost saving to the health service. [read more, EC download]


[*] Leahy, M.F., et al., Improved outcomes and reduced costs associated with a health-system–wide patient blood management program: a retrospective observational study in four major adult tertiary-care hospitals. Transfusion, 2017, doi:10.1111/trf.14006 [Free full paper]