Standard 7 and the Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines

Standard 7 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards mandates clinical leaders and senior managers of health service organisations to implement systems to ensure safe, appropriate, efficient and effective use of blood and blood products. More specifically, Action 7.1.1 of the Standard requires that blood and blood product policies, procedures and/or protocols are consistent with national evidence-based guidelines for pre-transfusion practices, prescribing and clinical use of blood and blood products. The PBM Guidelines, released by the National Blood Authority (NBA), are evidence based guidelines to assist and guide healthcare professionals in making clinical decisions in relation to blood and blood products. Implementation of the PBM Guidelines will encourage better outcomes for patients and support health providers in demonstrating that they are meeting the Standard.