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Promoting a Multidisciplinary Approach to PBM

CSL recently attended an international symposium about Patient Blood Management organized by NATA, the Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis.

Logo for the NATA 2024 event, where patient blood management was discussed

Complex health conditions often require a combination of medical specialties to work in concert for the good of the patient. With multidisciplinary dialogue as its core mission, an independent medical association recently hosted its annual symposium in Bologna, Italy, about Patient Blood Management (PBM), an approach to improve surgical and medical patient outcomes by optimally managing and preserving a patient’s own blood.

The NATA 2024 meeting in April brought together hematologists, transfusion medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, intensive care and emergency physicians, surgeons, perfusionists, nurses, biomedical scientists and other health care professionals from academic, clinical and industry sectors interested in PBM. With more than 600 international participants from more than 50 countries, the event offered a forum for health care professionals to learn more about best clinical practice in PBM, the management of anemia and iron deficiency, critical bleeding and thrombosis.

CSL attended the Bologna meeting to support hospitals in their efforts to implement PBM approaches. Studies have found that PBM, a practice endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), can result in better outcomes both for patients and health care systems, including reduced health care costs.

At the meeting, CSL sponsored a symposium about PBM in cardiac surgery. The session focused on the importance of perioperative anemia management in cardiac surgery patients; considered the practice and challenges of managing coagulopathy in cardiac surgery patients; and the benefits and cost-effectiveness of point-of-care testing in cardiac surgery.

Other sessions, workshops and discussions advanced PBM awareness and supported its implementation in clinical practice. Learn more about the pillars of PBM.