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Patient Blood Management (PBM)

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Patient Blood Management (PBM) is individualised and evidence based care that aims to limit a patient’s exposure to blood products and thereby improve patient outcomes. It is not limited to one clinical specialty or discipline. It improves clinical outcomes for all patients who may be at risk of receiving a blood transfusion. Therefore staff working with medical, surgical, critical care, obstetric and paediatric patients will benefit from this eLearning course. This course is a prerequisite for discipline specific courses, specifically perioperative.

This course takes on average one hour to complete.

Course Details

This course aims to provide an overview for healthcare professionals to understand the principles of patient blood management, why it is important and how to implement practice changes.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • explain what the term patient blood management refers to
  • understand the three core principles or “pillars” of PBM
    • optimise red cell mass
    • minimise bleeding
    • harness patient’s tolerance of anaemia
  • explain why patient blood management is a win-win for patients and healthcare services
  • apply patient blood management principles to current practice within their organisation and
  • consider the steps necessary to implement PBM practices in their organisation.


This course was released Dec 2013.
The content is based on current clinical guidelines, other evidence-based material and/or expert opinion. We regularly review our courses to reflect any changes in these source materials.

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.


International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Course accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of the Patient Blood Management course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately one hour to complete all three modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that one hour be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Patient Blood Management course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately one hour to complete all three modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that one hour be recorded for the purpose of CPD.


There is an online assessment of six multiple choice questions at the end of the course.

A minimum grade of 66% (four out of six questions correct) is required to complete the course.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully

completed the course assessment.

If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended

you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.

You can see a summary of the courses and modules you have successfully completed in My certificates

or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Team

Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Writer/Editor
Ms Louise English: Clinical Education Officer
Ms Trudi Verrall: Clinical Education Lead
Ms Michele Wood: Program Manager


Peer Review Group

Thanks to the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process. We would particularly like to thank:
Dr Helen Savoia, Dr Dafydd Thomas, Mr Shannon Farmer, Ms Jen Roberts, Ms Barb Parker for the final course review.

Dr Susan MacCallum, Dr Sandy Minck, Dr Kathryn Robinson, Dr Mark Dean, Dr Philip Hoyle and Ms Penny O’Beid for their input during the course development.


Additional Reviewers

Ms Lucy Mussared and Mr Cameron Haycock


Expert Interviews

Thanks to the following for their willingness to be a part of this course. Associate Professor Larry McNicol, Dr Peter McCall, Dr Bernd Froessler, Dr Simon Towler, Ms Trudi Gallagher, Ms Julie Tovey, Mr Ian Gilfillan and Dr Kerry Gunn


Others Involved in Clinical Videos

Brian Freeman, Peter Cundy, Paul Weston, Catherine Carwright, Margaret Betterman, Harvey Grantham, Monica Dillon, Kathryn Dordoy, Sheree Westthorp, Faye Nasra, Trudi Verrall, Ian Bone, Russell Hunt, Stacey Panozzo, Shir-Jing Ho, Suzie Frazer, Sue Formby, Jeff Lang



BloodSafe eLearning Australia wish to thank the Paediatric Surgical, Anaesthetic, Medical and Outpatient Departments at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide and the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia and The Austin Hospital, Victoria for their support with filming.


Educational Design

Ian Bone


Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia.
Interactive Design and Development: Peter Bailes and Chris Faulkner
Software Development: Zoe Bogner, Chris Barton
Graphic Design: Erin Baldock, Caroline Gliddon and Kristin Stone
Photography: Ian Bone, Greg Opie and Chris Sprod
Video Photography and production: Ian Bone and Greg Opie
Product Assistant: Veronica Asz
Editor: Helen Snoswell

Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd

Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority