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SABM 2019 Annual Meeting - Call for Topics

The theme for the SABM 2019 Annual Meeting is PBM – A Central Focus for Patient Safety and Quality Care.

Do you have a suggestion for a topic and/or speaker? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please complete the form in Word or PDF and submit to AM2019@sabm.org for review.

Due date: Friday, November 30, 2018


The Joint Commission ePBM Performance Measures - Call for Public Comment

SABM Members,

The Joint Commission has posted three proposed ePBM Performance Measures for public comment and input from stakeholders in the field of Patient Blood Management.

You are invited to provide input by reviewing the measures and submitting your comments directly using this link.

Or

You may submit your comments to info@SABM.org by Nov 5, where they will be collated for review by the SABM Education Oversight Committee, who will then prepare a collective response for submission prior to The Joint Commission deadline of November 15.

On behalf of the SABM Education Oversight Committee,

Sherri Ozawa, RN
SABM President-elect


Save the Date!

Annual Meeting 2019

SABM is holding its 18th Annual Meeting on September 19-21, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Due to its popularity, the SABM Patient Blood Management (PBM) Certificate Course with Exam will be offered on September 18, 2019.

These events are packed with what industry professionals need to know.

EXHIBITS AND SPONSORS
The SABM Annual Meeting is an ideal opportunity for the PBM industry to market its products and services to SABM’s multidisciplinary members. Learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities here.


Research 2018: Top Patient Blood Management Articles of the Year

The Top 10 PBM Articles of the Year will no doubt be one of the highlights of the SABM 2018 Annual Meeting. Preview the articles before attending the presentation by Steven M. Frank, MD and Jonathan Waters, MD.


Choosing Wisely® Now Includes SABM’s Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

choose wisely

SABM is proud to partner with Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.

Download Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question and place in waiting or exam rooms, or give to patients as handouts to educate them about overuse.


Blood Conservation During Cardiovascular Procedures

Be sure to see Brian A. Buckner, MD and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College present on the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative approaches to blood management used in the Department of Cardiovascular & Transplant Surgery at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, Texas. We are proud to present you with this groundbreaking information and the many benefits Patient Blood Management has to offer! Click here.


KUAH to build 'minimal transfusion surgical hospital.'

Korea University Anam Hospital (KUAH) said it would become the nation’s first to build a “minimal transfusion surgical hospital” that adopts the Patient Blood Management (PBM) system. There are "transfusion-free" hospitals, but no hospital has a PBM system in Korea.

KUAH plans to set up a task force for the construction of the minimal transfusion surgical hospital in March and discuss how to adopt PBM for six months.

Park Jong-hoon, president of the KUAH, is leading the hospital’s PBM push. Taking office on Jan. 1, Park said he would “make the safest hospital in Korea.” PBM is one of the tools to achieve his goal, he said.

Since Park worked as a professor at the Orthopedics Department, he has been claiming that surgeons should minimize blood transfusion. His argument had nothing to do with any religion. He came to believe in minimal transfusion from his experience and knowledge in advanced countries where hospitals made an effort to minimize blood transfusion. He also learned from clinical evidence that minimal transfusion led to better patient outcomes.

"Six years ago, a vice president of a Swiss pharmaceutical company, which developed high-dose iron injections, came to me and asked why he couldn’t sell high-dose iron injections in Korea. He asked me why Korea did not make efforts to minimize blood transfusion," Park said. "At that time, I couldn’t understand his words. But after I studied in Switzerland for two years, I got to learn what he meant."

From 2015 to 2017, Park worked as the hospital’s medical planning chief. He applied a blood management program to clinical care, asking medical staffs to record the reasons for prescribing blood transfusion and indications. However, he could not force all of the doctors to use the program and only several departments, including Orthopedics, did so.

The limited use of the blood management program made Park aspire to become the hospital’s president. If he becomes the leader, he could push for the hospital’s adoption of PBM, he thought. Immediately after his inauguration on Jan. 15, Park began persuading doctors at the hospital for the PBM adoption.

On Jan. 19, Park made a presentation about the PBM in front of surgeons, anesthesiologists, diagnostic medical specialists, and nurses, at the Yookwangsa Hall, College of Medicine at Korea University. Park explained what kind of efforts hospitals have been making to minimize blood transfusion in advanced nations such as the U.S. and Australia since 2013.

"There is a study that showed simply reminding doctors of the guideline to transfuse blood when the hemoglobin level is less than 7 g/㎗ reduced the amount of blood transfusion by 24 percent," Park said. "In the U.S., doctors discovered that excessive blood sampling was one of the reasons for the drop in hemoglobin levels in patients admitted to the intensive care unit. So, they are now trying to minimize it."

Before he learned about PBM, he used to give 6.9 pints of blood to a surgical patient on average. But after applying PBM in 2013, the amount of blood use went down to 0.15 pint per patient, he noted.

"To correct the patient’s anemia, I used iron shots. During operation, I used Cell Saver, a self-transfusion device. This is how I minimized blood transfusion," Park said.

Park said the minimal transfusion surgical hospital under PBM would enhance KUAH’s competitiveness. It will benchmark Englewood Hospital in New Jersey in the U.S., he said.

"On its homepage, Englewood Hospital says it offers minimally invasive surgery and transfusion-free surgery. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was also PBM-certified by the Joint Commission and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)," Park said. "Just like Englewood Hospital, we have to make a minimal transfusion surgical hospital to become more competitive. I want to turn our hospital into Asia’s best one in PBM."

For a start, the hospital will establish a task force in March to prepare for the construction of a minimal transfusion surgical hospital and discuss the matter for six months, Park said.

"We can’t force surgeons to use PBM from the beginning. I will let only those who want it to use the system voluntarily. Our goal is to minimize transfusion and use blood appropriately, not to ban transfusion," he added.