Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Update : April - June 2016

Published Modules

Module 6: Neonatal and Paediatrics – OUT NOW!

The Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 6 Neonatal and Paediatrics was released on 29 April 2016. Electronic versions of Module 6 - Neonatal and Paediatrics and the accompanying QRG are now available on the NBA website ( Hard copies can also be ordered free of charge, within Australia and New Zealand, via the online order form (


The Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines and their accompanying tools and resources were promoted at a number of conferences and events during the period of April-June 2016. Along with a National Blood Authority (NBA) presence at those events, presentations were delivered on Module 6 – Neonatal and Paediatrics by A/Prof Helen Liley and Module 5 – Obstetrics and Maternity by A /Prof Helen Liley and Dr Daniel Challis, at the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Congress in Townsville on 22-25 May 2016.

Module 6 – Neonatal and Paediatrics was also presented during a Grand Rounds program by A/Prof Helen Liley, Dr Bronwyn Williams and Ms Lauren Porter, focusing on Paediatric Transfusion and Patient Blood Management, at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on 15 June 2016.  This presentation was recorded by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and can be accessed at

The NBA has also collaborated with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to upload abstracts for the PBM Guidelines to the National Guideline Clearinghouse website (


BloodSafe eLearning Australia (BEA) provides online courses relating to PBM and clinical transfusion practice for health professionals. The courses are available free of charge on and include courses on, Patient Blood Management, Critical Bleeding, Perioperative, Critical Care, Medical and Specialties, Iron Deficiency Anaemia and Postpartum Haemorrhage. The next course to be developed will be based on the PBM Guidelines: Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity. Also available in the resource centre are short videos on:

  • IV iron administration in primary care
  • The perioperative patient – communication and consent
  • Minimising blood loss in cardiothoracic surgery
  • An overview of patient blood management
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding – patient assessment and transfusion.

Implementation activities 

To support the implementation of the PBM Guidelines, the NBA facilitates the development of tools and materials to support implementation at a health provider level. A range of tools and materials are available, free of charge, at Tools currently under development will support the implementation of recommendations and practice points in PBM Guidelines Modules 5 and 6.

Update of the Patient Blood Management Guidelines

Module 1: Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion

The NBA has commenced a review of the PBM Guidelines: Module 1 – Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion (Module 1). 
The Module 1 review Clinical Reference Group (CRG) is meeting on 12 September 2016 to finalise the research parameters for the systematic review. A systematic reviewer will be engaged soon after that.

Module 2: Perioperative

​A Clinical/Consumer Reference Group is currently being established. The membership is due to be finalised in September 2016.

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