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14 October update on NHSBT's state of readiness for EU exit

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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.

At a one-day conference in June 2012 a panel of experts and influencers in the field considered international best practice and what can be done to ensure a Patient Blood Management approach is adopted across England and North Wales. The conference had the support of the NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

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Choosing Wisely UK

Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses; it is an opportunity to promote good practice, and ensure that patients receive appropriate information and participate in decisions about their care. There are five transfusion related recommendations submitted from the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), and one from the Intensive Care Society.  This leaflet provides more information.

2018 Patient Blood Management Survey

Following the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality standards for blood transfusion (2016) and Guidelines (2015), we surveyed NHS Trusts in England on their progress towards implementation of this guidance.

The results of the survey includes specific actions for Trusts to implement PBM and for NHSBT to support this implementation.

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.

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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.