Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Update : March 2021

Published Modules

The Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines are a series of modules that focus on evidence-based PBM. Each module has been written for clinicians treating specific patient groups. Electronic versions of the modules and the accompanying Quick Reference Guides are available via the links below. Hard copies can also be ordered free of charge, within Australia and New Zealand, via the online order form.

Update of the Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines 

The update of the critical bleeding/massive transfusion module (Module 1) will continue in 2021. 
The research questions for the update of the critical bleeding/massive transfusion module can be found at the links below.

Updates on the timeframes for the publication of new clinical guidance in the critical bleeding/massive transfusion setting will be provided here. 

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.  

The updated research questions can be accessed via the links below.

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/massive transfusion population will be incorporated or cross-referenced in other populations where appropriate.

In a parallel process, the NBA is investigating methodologies that will allow clinical guidance to be updated and published as new evidence is identified and clinical practice evolves.

While the review is underway, the original modules remain in place to guide practice.

Patient Blood Management education 

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, Acute Care and Surgical, Medical, Obstetrics, Neonates and Paediatrics and Iron Deficiency Anaemia.  Also available in the ‘resource centre’ is a range of videos, tools and promotional materials.

Implementation activities 

To support health providers to implement the PBM Guidelines, the NBA facilitates the development of tools and materials, available free of charge here.

If you would like to receive updates on the PBM Guidelines, please register via BLOODportal to create an account and subscribe to the ‘Patient Blood Management Guideline Development’ mailing list. For further information please contact the NBA at