Accumen’s team of Patient Blood Management (PBM) experts developed this Critical Blood Shortage Toolkit as a streamlined version of our extensive resources designed to support Health Systems as they navigate unprecedented and ongoing disruptions to blood product availability.

Why are Blood Shortages a Problem for Hospitals?

  • Blood is becoming an increasingly scarce resource; the frequency and severity of critical blood shortages in the U.S. is increasing
  • Critical blood shortages have significant operational consequences, including cancellation of elective procedures and lost revenue
  • Disruptions to blood product availability impact a hospital’s ability to provide care and may potentially compromise patient outcomes

About the Toolkit

This Critical Blood Shortage Toolkit was developed to give hospitals the support and tools needed to address both short-term needs, as well as develop a long-term plan to mitigate the impact of future blood shortages. There are four categories of resources in this toolkit:

I. Education & Awareness Tools

II. Team Support

III. Critical Program Resources

IV. Mitigation Strategies

If a critical blood shortage toolkit is something your organization can put to immediate use 

contact Accumen to learn more about this valuable resource.


I. PBM Education and Awareness Tools

12 PPT or PDF educational tools customized by stakeholder group

  • Executive Leadership
  • Transfusion Medicine / Blood Bank
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Emergency Med / Trauma
  • Surgery
  • Nursing
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Pediatric / Neonatal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

40+ Patient Blood Management Education Videos

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

  • CME: Evidence Based Platelet/Plasma  Transfusion Guidelines
  • CME: Management of Anemia in the Patient with  Chronic Disease
  • CME: Anticoagulant and Antiplatelet Reversal  Strategies


Evidence Based Transfusion Guidelines/CPOE

  • Why Give 2 When 1 Will Do: Single Unit RBC
  • Best Practices in Transfusion Guidelines  Implementation
  • Specialized Blood Components: Irradiated, CMV,  Washed
  • The Yellow Stuff: Optimize Plasma Transfusions  Part I and II
  • The Yellow Stuff: Platelet Guidelines and  Overview
  • Platelet Transfusion: Threshold in Hematology  Oncology


Anemia Management Recognition

  • Recognition and Management of Iron Deficiency  Anemia in Chronic Heart Failure
  • Preoperative Anemia Management Principles
  • Parenteral Iron: Overview and Clinical  Applications
  • PBM Principles in Obstetrics: Perinatal Anemia  Management


Minimizing Bleeding and Blood Loss

  • Current Concepts: Anticoagulant Management  with Novel Reversal
  • Urgent and Emergent Reversal of Warfarin
  • General Organizational Principles for Massive  Hemorrhage Protocol
  • Hospital-Acquired Anemia: Anemia of Chronic  Phlebotomy

Transfusion Safety/Adverse Event Management

  • Transfusion Transmitted Infections
  • Pulmonary Complications of Transfusion
  • Transfusion Safety: Past, Present, and Future

Specialty Specific

  • Red Cell Transfusion in Hematology Oncology
  • Strategies to Reduce Platelet Outdate/  Wastage
  • PBM Principles in Obstetrics: Management of OB  Hemorrhage
  • Pediatric Best Practices
  • Neonatal Best Practices in PBM


PBM Program Infrastructure

  • Patient Blood Management Program  Infrastructure: Keys to Success and  Sustainability
  • The Growing Impact of a Transfusion Safety  Officer
  • Empowering Nurses at the Bedside to Drive PBM  Program Implementation
  • Nurses Roles in Patient Blood Management
  • Introduction to Change Management Principles:  Avoiding the Pitfalls
  • Transfusion Economics


PBM Education and Awareness

  • PBM: Why Now?
  • Comprehensive Patient Blood Management  Overview
  • Patient Blood Management Awareness Best  Practices
  • Transfusion is a Transplant: The Risks & Benefits  of Transfusion

Test Utilization

  • Test Utilization: Why Now?

II. Clinical Team Support

The Accumen Clinical Team has implemented more comprehensive Patient Blood Management programs (350+) than anyone in the world.

Access to Experts

  • Strategic Planning Session with key stakeholders and executive leadership
  • Ongoing Virtual Project and Clinical Support
  • Full virtual assessment and benchmark analysis of current PBM Program to quantify the remaining clinical and financial opportunities

III. Critical Program Resources

Comprehensive Communication –  Recommendations and Strategies

  • Blood Center Communication with Transfusion Service
  • Transfusion Service Communication with Executive/Clinical Leadership
  • Leadership Communication with Clinical Staff (Physicians, Providers, Nurses)
  • Leadership Communication with the Community
  • Clinical Staff Communication with Patients

Inventory Management Strategies

  • Role and Responsibilities (Blood Center, Transfusion Service, Clinical Leadership)
  • Effective Communication and Information Exchange
  • Blood Supply Management Guidelines and Recommendations

Transfusion Ordering Recommendations and Prioritization  Guidelines

  • Critical Blood Shortage Proposed Guidelines
  • Specialty and Patient Prioritization Recommendations
  • Prospective Transfusion Audit Recommendations and Guidelines

IV. Transfusion Mitigation Strategies / Blood Conservation

Anemia Management

  • General Organizational Principles for Anemia Management
  • Acute Blood Loss Anemia Management Guidelines
  • Chronic Blood Loss Anemia Management Guidelines
  • Anemia Management Guidelines for Severe Anemia
  • Obstetric Anemia Management

Minimize Bleeding and Blood Loss

  • Iatrogenic Blood Loss Resources
  • Perioperative Autotransfusion Guidelines/ Recommendations
  • Periprocedural Coagulation Management Guidelines
  • Anticoagulation Reversal and Management Guidelines