Patient blood management: More than appropriate transfusion

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Patient Blood Management aims to improve outcomes by managing a patient's own blood. The term was introduced in 2005 to shift transfusion practice from a product to a patient's blood focus, however the current literature still overemphasises appropriate transfusion. This thesis highlighted why Patient Blood Management's focus should extend beyond appropriate transfusion. It exposed important questions unanswered by randomised controlled trials, demonstrated transfusion is predictable and modifiable, and revealed a significant number of appropriate transfusions are avoidable. Patient Blood Management programs focusing on reducing inappropriate transfusions are likely to miss out on the significant clinical and economic benefits available.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Murray, Kevin, Supervisor
  • Sanfilippo, Frank, Supervisor
  • Leahy, Michael, Supervisor
  • Farmer, Shannon, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date26 May 2022
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022


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