The Preoperative Bleeding Risk Assessment and Intervention Resource (1.18 MB) is intended to assist healthcare professionals in assessing and managing the risk of bleeding in a preoperative patient. Assessment of bleeding risk is a key component of patient blood management strategies to minimise blood loss. Patients may be at increased risk of bleeding for a number of reasons, including hereditary or acquired bleeding disorders, medical conditions such as liver disease, and medications including complementary medicines.
The Preoperative Bleeding Risk Assessment and Intervention Resource supports the implementation of the evidence based PBM Guidelines recommendations found in the PBM Guidelines Module 2: Perioperative. The tool was developed by the Transfusion Medicine Services team (Australian Red Cross Blood Service). It was then reviewed by Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors' Organisation (AHCDO) and the Patient Blood Management Steering Committee (PBMSC) before being available for a six-week public consultation period.
The National Blood Authority extends its appreciation to the Transfusion Medicine Services team at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for developing this tool and to Australian Haemophilia Centre Directors' Organisation (AHCDO) and the Patient Blood Management Steering Committee (PBMSC) for providing their expert opinions.