The Patient blood management guideline for adults with critical bleeding (guideline) was published electronically on 10 August 2023 on MAGICapp(Opens in a new tab/window) (Opens in a new tab/window)- a web-based platform for guidelines(Opens in a new tab/window). It is also accessible at the Patient blood management guideline for adults with critical bleeding page, along with a summary of the clinical guidance, an adaptable major haemorrhage protocol (MHP) template and a technical report describing the evidence review process.

The intent of the guideline is to provide updated clinical guidance for health professionals providing immediate in-hospital care for adults with critical bleeding, including the use of an MHP to guide the use of blood components, blood products and blood conservation strategies.

The clinical guidance is based on scientific evidence and consensus among clinical experts. The NBA gratefully acknowledges the dedication and expertise provided by the multidisciplinary Clinical/Consumer Reference Group.

The research questions underpinning the perioperative (Module 2), medical (Module 3), critical care (Module 4), obstetrics and maternity (Module 5) and neonatal and paediatric (Module 6) populations were reviewed together and have been amended for the update process.

Access the updated research questions:

Once the research questions are prioritised in consultation with clinical stakeholders, updated clinical guidance will be developed and published incrementally in accordance with the priority list.

Updated guidance identified in the critical bleeding population will be incorporated or cross-referenced in other populations where appropriate.

While the review is underway, the original perioperative, medical, critical care, obstetrics and maternity, and neonatal and pediatric modules remain in place to guide practice.

Patient Blood Management education

BloodSafe eLearning Australia(Opens in a new tab/window) (BEA) provides free online courses relating to PBM and clinical transfusion practice for health professionals, including:

  • Clinical Transfusion Practice
  • Patient Blood Management
  • Acute Care and Surgical
  • Medical, Obstetrics, Neonates and Paediatrics
  • Iron Deficiency Anaemia.

Also available in the Resource Centre(Opens in a new tab/window) are free videos, tools and promotional materials.

Implementation activities

To support health providers in implementing the PBM Guidelines, we facilitate the development of free tools and materials.

If you would like to receive updates on the PBM Guidelines, please register via BloodPortal(Opens in a new tab/window) to create an account and subscribe to the 'Patient Blood Management Guideline Development' mailing list.

Last updated: 01 Aug 2023

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