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Patient blood management (PBM) is "the timely application of evidence-based medical and surgical concepts designed to maintain hemoglobin concentration, optimize hemostasis and minimize blood loss in an effort to improve patient outcome"1. The definition presented by the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), as well as several other definitions of PBM, have moved away from placing the focus on reducing the use of blood components to the development of a multidisciplinary and multimodal strategy centred on patients' outcome. Reducing transfusions might be a means, but it is certainly not an end. Thus, PBM has moved from a product-centred approach to a patient-centred approach. […]

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Thomas Frietsch - Interdisciplinary Task Force for Clinical Haemotherapy (IAKH), Marburg, Germany; Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis (NATA), Paris, France

Aryeh Shander - Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, United States of America; TeamHealth Research Institute, West Palm Beach, FL, United States of America

David Faraoni - Department of Anaesthesiology, Division of Cardiac Anaesthesia, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada; Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, University of Toronto, ON, Canada

Jean-Francois Hardy - Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada; Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis (NATA), Paris, France

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