Scientific publication reflects on the preliminary results of the implementation of a Patient Blood Management Programme in a Greek Hospital and its impact on blood use

A recent study by Aimilia Tsante et al. analysed blood utilisation in a Greek tertiary hospital after the implementation of a Patient Blood Management (PBM) programme, aimed at optimising use. After one year, the authors observed a decrease in red blood cell units transfused: from 1.75 units per patients to 1.57 units per patients. However, the hemoglobin (Hb) transfusion threshold significantly differed across clinics. The study concludes that a threshold of 7.0 gr/dL led to poor adherence. Therefore, adopting a temporary less stringent threshold might give time to physicians to become familiar with PBM and increase knowledge on safety and advantages. Read the full study here.