Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 1

Critical Bleeding Massive Transfusion

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1.2 Governance structure

A multilevel management framework was established by the NBA to coordinate the development of the new patient blood management guidelines. The management framework (illustrated in Appendix A) consists of:
  • A Steering Committee, responsible for the overall development and governance of the entire project
  • An Expert Working Group (EWG), responsible for clinical oversight and integration of the six modules
  • Clinical/Consumer Reference Groups (CRGs – one for each of the six modules), with membership including representation from relevant colleges, societies and consumer groups, to provide expert knowledge and input
  • Systematic reviewers and a technical writer, contracted by the NBA to review the literature and develop a draft of each module
  • Guidelines Assessment Register (GAR) consultants, to provide advice and mentoring to the systematic reviewers, technical writer, EWG and CRGs; and to ensure that the development process and the guidelines produced comply with NHMRC requirements.

The NBA provided the secretariat, project funding and project management. The NBA website includes a list of colleges and societies that have endorsed these guidelines. c Appendix A lists the membership of the bodies involved in governance of the guidelines. Details of how the guidelines will be implemented and updated are provided in Chapter 6.

b The structure of the Australian blood sector is outlined in Appendix C