The AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program serve as a foundation for good medical practice and evidence-based care for optimizing the outcomes of patients who may be at risk for an unnecessary transfusion. Compliance with these standards, which are the basis for The Joint Commission/AABB certification for Patient Blood Management, involves establishing clear, consistent protocols and processes that are universally adopted throughout an organization. The journey toward obtaining certification in PBM can be overwhelming. Hospital PBM program staff may lack knowledge about how best to integrate specific standards into everyday workflow. This may be hindered by an unfamiliarity with the evidence needed for meeting the standards. This interactive session will provide an overview of the PBM standards for each activity level of certification. Examples will be provided showing how to meet the intent of the standards through data mining and hospital activities. This session is a must for anyone considering PBM certification or wishing to take their program to the next level as it will provide the attendee with insight to enhance PBM integration and promote the journey from being a good PBM program to becoming a great one.
At the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
Identify the activity level and PBM certification standards that best fits their organization
Identify those PBM standards that may be more challenging for compliance and summarize how to meet the intent of these standards using organizational data and activities
Describe how to integrate PBM standards into daily workflow both in the laboratory and organization wide