Patient Blood Management Services FAQs Resources Contact Us What is Patient Blood Management (PBM)? Patient Blood Management (PBM) is the scientific use of safe and effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding in an effort to improve patient outcome. Society for the Advancement of Blood Management What is a PBM program? A PBM program uses a team approach to assess a patient’s blood management needs. The goal of the team is to develop a plan of care that uses pharmaceuticals, technology and techniques to decrease blood loss and to enhance blood cell production. This approach reduces or eliminates the need for a blood transfusion. What are the benefits of PBM? PBM has many benefits. Consider that it: conserves the use of blood, a precious resource improves patient safety by minimizing exposure to blood may decrease hospital length of stay and reduces exposure to viruses and other blood-borne diseases may reduce the risk of hospital acquired complications and infections What else should I know about blood conservation? Please keep in mind that you have the right to: Have a physician who will work with you in a knowledgeable and respectful way Understand the risks and benefits of blood transfusion Learn about strategies to reduce your risk of needing a blood transfusion Know what your blood counts are and what the results mean How can I learn more about YRMC’s PBM program? For more information about PBM at YRMC, please contact Dale Black, Program Coordinator, at (928) 771-5109.