Blood management guidelines and standards

The National Blood Authority (NBA) has funded and managed the development of evidence based patient blood management guidelines, these include:

  • Module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion
  • Module 2 Perioperative
  • Module 3 Medical
  • Module 4 Critical Care
  • Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity
  • Module 6 Neonatal and Paediatrics

The NBA developed a National Patient Blood Management Implementation Strategy (external site) in 2017. The document is aimed at supporting PBM as a standard of care applied by all clinicians for patients facing a medical or surgical intervention who are at risk of blood loss, bleeding, coagulopathy or may require a blood products as part of their treatment, recognising that there may be more appropriate ways of using or administering blood or blood products to manage disorders.

Australian blood standards and accreditation

NSQHS Standards (Blood Management)

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards were developed bythe Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Australian Government.  The second edition of the standards was released in November 2017. The Blood Management Standard (Standard 7) (external site) aims to improve outcomes for patients by identifying risks and using strategies that optimise and conserve a patient’s own blood, as well as ensuring that any blood and blood products that patients receive are safe and appropriate.

EQuIP6

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) (external site) was launched in 1996. It was developed to assist healthcare organisations to strive for excellence and is used by all types of organisations which provide healthcare. Blood management is now incorporated within the standards/criteria.

More information

Blood Unit
Office of the Chief Medical Officer
2nd Floor, C Block
189 Royal Street 
East Perth 6009

Phone: 9222 2072
Email: bloodmanagement@health.wa.gov.au

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WA Blood Management