Australia's chief medical officer Professor Chris Baggoley officially launched the first three modules of the National Blood Authority (NBA) Patient Blood Management Guidelines yesterday (September 19) at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
The guidelines – approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – are part of a 'nationally coordinated approach' to patient blood management, aiming to cut down on inappropriate transfusions and improve outcomes for patients.
The first three modules are Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion, Perioperative and Medical – with the guidelines developed by experts from "clinical speciality colleges, societies and consumer representatives working with the NBA".
National Blood Authority's general manager Mr Leigh McJames said: "While blood transfusions are a recognised life-saving part of medical treatment, they can also be associated with adverse events and poorer outcomes for some patient groups. These guidelines provide healthcare professionals with the latest evidence-based approach to managing patients to minimise unnecessary exposure to transfusions where possible and deliver better outcomes for patients."
The 'patient-focused' guidelines to blood management has been tested in Western Australian, with WA's use of blood transfusion per 1,000 of the population falling from 30.5 in 2007-08 to 27.5 in 2011-12.
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