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The content for this Perioperative course is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 2 Perioperative.

This course aims to improve your knowledge about appropriate blood management strategies that can be used pre, intra and post operatively to optimise patients’ health to reduce the likelihood of them needing a transfusion. It is designed for medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, laboratory staff and healthcare professionals caring for perioperative patients.


Prior to commencing this course it is recommended that you complete the BloodSafe eLearning Australia Patient Blood Management course. It provides an overview of the rationale for and principles of patient blood management and will enhance your understanding of this course.

This course takes on average two hours to complete.

Course Details

The content within this course is delivered under the following four major headings:

  • Preoperative management
  • Intraoperative management
  • Postoperative management
  • Communication with patients.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • outline the approach to perioperative management planning including:
    • collaboration with a multidisciplinary team
    • the importance of patient involvement
    • tailoring a patient blood management plan to specific patient needs
    • use of policies and procedures for delegation of responsibility, timing and documentation.
  • understand how specific perioperative management strategies fit within the three “pillars” or “principles” of PBM i.e.
    • optimise red cell mass
    • minimise blood loss
    • harness patients tolerance of anaemia.
  • identify the strategies of PBM in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative settings including:
    • diagnosis, investigation and treatment of anaemia
    • haemostasis assessment and management
    • surgical and anaesthetic methods for reducing blood loss
    • blood conservation strategies
    • transfusion of red cells and other blood components.
  • apply the principles of PBM to perioperative clinical practice by participating in the interactive case study examples
  • identify potential areas for PBM practice development within their organisation, and reflect on clinical examples given within the course.


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 Perioperative course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately two hours to complete all four modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that two hours be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Perioperative course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately two  hours to complete all four modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that two hours 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 Daryl Teague, Dr Kathryn Robinson, Dr Bernd Froessler, Dr Marcus Trochsler, Dr Arpit Srivastava, Ms Trudi Gallagher, Ms Linda Campbell and Ms Sue Field for the final course review. Dr Sandy Minck, Ms Penny O’Beid, Mr Stephen Abourizk and Dr Anna Hutchinson for their input during the course development.


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, Ms Trudi Gallagher, Ms Julie Tovey, Mr Ian Gilfillan and Dr Kerry Gunn, Associate Professor Peter Cundy, Dr Todd Maddock, Ms Valentina Jewlachow, Ms Linda Campbell , Mr Mathew Vodanovich, Dr Michael Leahy, and Ms Catherine Keegan.


Others Involved in Clinical Videos

Brian Freeman, Peter Cundy, Paul Weston, Catherine Carwright, Margaret Betterman, Harvey Grantham, Monica Dillon, Smithi George, Ruth Beckman, Yasmin Endlich, Peter Headlam, Kathryn Dordoy, Sheree Westthorp, Faye Nasra, Trudi Verrall, Ian Bone, Sue Fromby, Jeff Lang, Julie Tovey and Margaret Persic.



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