Patient Blood Management
The global need for blood transfusions is increasing due to the growing numbers of surgical procedures with enlarged bleeding risk and accompanying therapies in tumor diseases. Patient Blood Management is a concept strongly recommended by the World Health Organization to be implemented by all Member States in order to avoid unnecessary blood transfusions by utilizig the patient's own reserves. PBM is an interdisciplinary cross-sectoral, mulit-modal and, in particular, patient-oriented bundle concept aimed at the appropriate reduction of transfusion rates in large surgeries and oncological diseases and aimed to the reduction of transfusion-associated complications and costs both in short-term and long-term perspectives.
The university course “Patient Blood Management”, Master of Science, targets people with a certificate in higher education, at the very least a bachelor’s degree in a medical field and particularly medical practitioners in the surgical disciplines, anesthesiology and intensive care medicine, internal medicine, lab medicine, transfusion medicine.