Medical Forum WA – Preventing Unnecessary Transfusions

AUSTRALIA, 29 August, 2017

Writer: Jan Hallam

For centuries the medical profession has been mesmerised by blood – particularly besotted with taking it out and putting it back in. What period drama would be complete without a fevered hero being ‘cupped’ or a hospital soapie not awash with doctors in theatre screaming for more blood?

In real-time and real-life, the WA Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program is changing those scenarios not just here in WA but nationally and internationally.

Haematologist Prof Michael Leahy is the lead author of the paper, Improved outcomes and reduced costs associated with a health-system-wide patient blood management program, which was published recently and is receiving significant international attention.

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