Patient Blood Management

Patient Blood Management (PBM) is a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to optimising the care of patients who might need a blood transfusion.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) continues to work with the Department of Health and the National Blood Transfusion Committee to further support NHS Trusts to manage their blood use effectively. Previous audits have shown that there is inappropriate use of blood and blood components that can be reduced and that the current trend of annual increases in use is not sustainable.

2015 Patient Blood Management Survey

In November 2015 hospitals were asked to participate in the NHSBT/NBTC Patient Blood Management Survey. The aim of the survey was to evaluate progress in the implementation of PBM since the previous survey in 2013

In total 136 Trusts responded (91%). The results of the 2015 survey includes specific actions for Trusts to implement PBM and for NHSBT to support this implementation. An infographic has been produced to assist hospitals in disseminating the results widely. 

Developing Terms of Reference for Working Groups

This guidance document outlines the key areas that need to be considered and included when developing Terms of Reference for a PBM Working group. Our template can be adapted for use in your Trust.

Why Patient Blood Management matters

Find out why Patient Blood Management matters, who can help and what is being done.

Bookmark for you to use

Download our bookmark

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  

NICE guideline Blood Transfusion [NG24] was published in November 2015 and covers the assessment for and management of blood transfusions in adults, young people and children over 1 year old.

NICE Blood Transfusion Quality Standard [QS138] was published in December 2016 and covers the general principles of blood transfusion in adults, young people and children over 1 year old and describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. To audit your compliance with QS138, please use our gap analysis tool.