The heart of transfusion medicine
The clinical guidelines for the use of blood products in South Africa is jointly published by the blood services in South Africa. Its aim is to provide clinicians with useful information about blood products and brief guidelines for their optimum use.
Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to optimising the care of patients who might need transfusions and has become an important part of transfusion medicine. This 5th Edition of the Clinical Guidelines for the use of Blood Products in South Africa has taken into account the evidence-based guidelines that were released by AABB in 2010 and 2012, respectively. As noted in the foreword to the 4th Edition, blood transfusion is the cornerstone of therapy for many serious and common diseases. Without the ready availability of blood components it would be difficult to implement modern treatment regimens for many malignant diseases and complex surgical procedures.