Registration is Open! Annual Meeting 2019.

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.

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SABM lectures at InCor Hospital System in São Paolo, Brazil


Pierre Tibi, MD, SABM President, and Sherri Ozawa RN, SABM President-elect, recently traveled to the InCor Hospital System in São Paolo, Brazil, to deliver a series of educational lectures on the implementation of a comprehensive Patient Blood Management program in a Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery setting. InCor is the largest hospital system in Latin America, and has comprehensive medical services including adult and pediatric heart transplant and other advanced medical and surgical cardiac procedures. Blood transfusion is a challenging issue in Latin America, with both supply and cost issues. InCor recognizes that a comprehensive Patient Blood Management strategy leads to increased efficiency, safety, and outcomes.

SABM Response to ICC-PBM Press Release on March 22, 2019

We are glad that Patient Blood Management is receiving attention, HOWEVER,

  • Actual Patient Blood Management Organizations were not invited or included – (e.g. SABM, NATA, and IFPBM (International Foundation of PBM)).
  • Funding sources are unclear.
  • PBM is PATIENT-centered, not transfusion-centered and focuses on the Patient’s blood, not donor blood.
  • PBM is a BUNDLE of care, not one specific therapeutic intervention and cannot and should not be compared to transfusion in the manner described in the paper.
  • Absence of RCT’s in PBM does not equate with a lack of evidence.
  • Many hospitals are implementing PBM initiatives - with positive measurable results - in response to published data.
  • We have concern that these purported “weak” recommendations will diminish advancement in the field which lead to improved patient outcomes.

ICC-PBM article: JAMA. 2019;321(10):983-997. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0554.

SABM Online PBM Certificate Course - Now Available

Physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel looking to grow their knowledge and skills in Patient Blood Management -- from ethics to advanced techniques -- should consider enrolling in the new online course.

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Save the Date! Annual Meeting 2020.

Annual Meeting 2020

SABM is holding its 19th Annual Meeting on September 10-12, 2020 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to its popularity, the SABM Patient Blood Management (PBM) Certificate Course with Exam will be offered on September 9, 2020.

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

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.

SABM President's Award 2018: Prof Hans Gombotz

President's Award 2018

Trustee of International Foundation for Patient Blood Management and former head of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Linz General Hospital, Prof. Hans Gombotz, has received the SABM President’s Award 2018.

The award is presented annually at SABM's Annual Meeting in recognition of those who have made outstanding medical, scientific and/or educational contributions to Patient Blood Management and who have contributed to the public good in the area of blood safety and the reduction of unnecessary transfusions.

IFPBM Trustee, Prof. Hans Gombotz, states: “I am both honoured and humbled to receive the SABM President’s Award 2018. It is thrilling for me to see Patient Blood Management being accepted around the world as the gold standard of practice.”

Prof. Gombotz has a long history with Patient Blood Management in Europe. From 2005 to 2010 he was the principal investigator of the First and Second Austrian Benchmark Studies on Blood Use in Elective Surgeryand in 2010 he developed Austria’s first Postgraduate Patient Blood Management Course at the University of Graz.

From 2013 to 2016 he was the Chairman of the Patient Blood Management Project of the European Commission, managing pilot projects in five European University Hospitals. The project included developing an official Patient Blood Management hospital implementation guide and an official guide for Health Authorities for Building National Patient Blood Management Programs.

He was also responsible for the implementation of Austria’s first hospital-wide Patient Blood Management program at the General Hospital Linz, Austria and was a Member of the International Faculty of the Western Australia Department of Health Patient Blood Management Project from 2008 to 2012.

Prof. Gombotz has also been a Trustee of IFPBM since formation in 2016.

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.