Patient Blood Management Guidelines

The National Blood Authority (NBA) is funding and managing the development of the following six modules as part of a comprehensive, evidence-based, Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines.

Image of front cover of Module 1 Patient Blood Management Guidelines Critical Bleeding Massive TransfusionModule 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing patients with critical bleeding who require or are likely to require massive transfusion.

Image of front cover of Module 2 Patient Blood Management Guidelines PerioperativeModule 2 Perioperative is intended to inform health-care practitioners, health educators, health service managers and policy makers about the pre, intra and postoperative care of patients undergoing surgery or invasive procedures, particularly those in which blood loss is anticipated.

Image of front cover of Module 3 Patient Blood Management Guidelines MedicalModule 3 Medical is intended to assist and guide clinical decisions and coordination of health-care across the primary, secondary and tertiary care setting for patients with acute or chronic medical conditions requiring haematological intervention.

Image of front cover of Module 4 Patient Blood Management Guidelines Critical CareModule 4 Critical Care is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing patients requiring critical care.

Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity was released for a six-week open public consultation on 16 June 2014. Please visit the public consultation webpage for more information.

Module 6 Paediatrics/Neonates module is currently under development.

Accessing the Guidelines

Electronic copies of released modules and accompanying quick reference guides are available by clicking on the relevant modules above. If you would like to order printed modules and guides, free of charge, complete the Publications Order Form. Visit PBM Guidelines: iPad App for more details on how to access modules and guides on your iPad.

Keep up to date with the progress of the Guidelines

To keep up to date with the development of the PBM Guidelines register for progress updates through BloodPortal where updates are automatically sent to your nominated email address as they are released. BloodPortal also enables users to have one place where they can update their contact details with the NBA, and subscribe to mailing lists relating to transfusion in Australia. The latest update will continue to be available on this site at Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Updates.

Official Launch of Modules 1, 2 and 3

The Critical Bleeding/ Massive Transfusion, Perioperative and Medical modules were officially launched on Wednesday 19 September 2012 by the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Chris Baggoley. Visit PBM Guidelines Launch to see presentations and details of the launch.

For more information

The modules will be reviewed and amended five years after publication unless an issue arises (e.g. new clinical evidence relevant to practice) that triggers a need to review the document earlier. To provide feedback and inform future reviews of the modules, please send any comments on content or implementation to the project manager at:

  • Email guidelines [at] blood [dot] gov [dot] au (subject: PBM%20Guidelines%20Enquiry)
  • Mail:
    Patient Blood Management Guidelines
    National Blood Authority
    Locked Bag 8430
    Canberra ACT 2601
  • Fax (02) 6151 5300