Committees  |   October 2013
Update From the Committee on Blood Management (COBM)
Author Affiliations
  • Aryeh Shander, M.D., FCCM, FCCP
    Committee on Blood Management
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Coagulation and Transfusion / Patient Safety / Sleep Medicine / Quality Improvement / Committees
Committees   |   October 2013
Update From the Committee on Blood Management (COBM)
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 48-49.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 48-49.
Patient blood management (PBM) is becoming a household term in the field of medicine. Case in point: the most recent National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey Report has dedicated a full chapter to PBM.1  Anesthesiologists continue to lead this journey, and ASA is front and center.
In July 2011, recognizing the significant risks of transfusions, wide variability and deficiencies in transfusion practices, changing patterns of demand for blood and documented success of PBM programs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability made the following recommendations to the Assistant Secretary of Health, Howard Koh:2 
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