The Essential Role of Patient Blood Management in a Pandemic – A Call for Action


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a pandemic. Global health care now faces unprecedented challenges with widespread and rapid human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and high morbidity and mortality with COVID-19 worldwide.

This multinational and diverse group of authors issue this “Call to Action” underscoring “The Essential Role of Patient Blood Management in the Management of Pandemics” and urging all stakeholders and providers to implement the practical and common-sense principles of PBM and its multi-professional and multimodality approaches.

Shander, Aryeh MD; Goobie, Susan Marie MD; Warne, Matthew A MD; Aapro, Matti MD; Bisbe, Elvira MD, PhD; Perez-Calatayud, Angel A MD; Callum, Jeannie MD; Cushing, Melissa M MD; Dyer, Wayne B PhD; Erhard, Jochen MD; Faraoni, David MD, PhD; Farmer, Shannon; Fedorova, Tatyana PhD; Frank, Steven M MD; Froessler, Bernd MD, PhD; Gombotz, Hans MD; Gross, Irwin MD; Guinn, Nicole R MD; Haas, Thorsten MD; Hamdorf, Jeffrey MD, PhD; Isbister, James P MD; Javidroozi, Mazyar MD, PhD; Ji, Hongwen MD; Kim, Young-Woo MD; Kor, Daryl J MD; Kurz, Johann PhD; Lasocki, Sigismond MD, PhD; Leahy, Michael F MBChB,; Lee, Cheuk-Kwong MD; Lee, Jeong Jae MD, PhD; Louw, Vernon MBChB, PhD; Meier, Jens MD; Mezzacasa, Anna PhD; Munoz, Manuel MD, PhD; Ozawa, Sherri RN; Pavesi, Marco MD; Shander, Nina BS; Spahn, Donat R MD; Spiess, Bruce D MD; Thomson, Jackie MBChB; Trentino, Kevin MPH; Zenger, Christoph PhD; Hofmann, Axel Dr.rer.medic on behalf of the International Foundation of Patient Blood Management (IFPBM) and Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) Work Group. 

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