Patient Blood Management is a clinical maxim to increase patient safety by optimising patient’s own blood resources

The day-to-day application of PBM in clinical routines is based on three measurement bundles, the three sustaining pillars of PBM.

The number of PBM initiatives is growing worldwide. In Germany, PBM was initially implemented at the University Hospitals Frankfurt, Bonn, Kiel and Münster. With the initiation of the German PBM Network many additional hospitals were inspired to likewise implement PBM. Currently, Patient Blood Management is evolving to a major quality indicator in German hospitals. The European and World PBM networks were founded to foster the implementation of Patient Blood Management on a global scale. Since 2011 the World Health Organization urges its member states to support the implementation of PBM.

Pre-operative anaemia poses a considerable risk of blood transfusions and a poorer outcome. It is therefore important that preoperative anaemia is diagnosed and its cause investigated. A common cause of anaemia is iron deficiency. If iron deficiency is present, intravenous iron administration is one of the treatment options. This video summarises the most important information on the procedure for intravenous iron administration: