It’s time to introduce a new paradigm for the 21st century medical community.
We would like to welcome you to the Asia-Pacific Society for Patient Blood Management (ASPBM).
The Asia-Pacific region is home to the world’s 2 largest population and boasts immense diversity in landscape, culture, economy and values. Despite this great variation, some things in common are the need for the fundamental values namely respect for patient autonomy or basic human rights and good medical care, while at the same time supporting or even boosting the economy.
In this respect the field of Patient Blood Management (PBM) is the goldmine which has the potential to enrich the lives of patients, the medical fraternity and the economy. 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. (Definition from the Society for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management (SABM)). The nature of PBM puts it in the prime quarter of health economics as it provides superior medical care (with the patient as the focus), while reducing medical costs.
Despite the benefits that PBM confers to all, there is still variation in implementing or embracing it among countries in the Asia-Pacific region. PBM is well established in some countries with statewide, nationwide or institution-wide involvement, while in some countries it is a sporadic effort. Unfortunately, a number of countries had not had any opportunity to benefit from PBM, leaving its people and economy vulnerable to adverse outcome from inappropriate anemia, bleeding or other disease condition management.
It is with these needs in mind that the ASPBM was formed in 2015, to share knowledge, experiences and expertise in PBM, and to form a strong network among health care providers, patients and advocates who have a common interest in PBM. It is hoped that this organization will be able to enhance PBM implementation in places where it has taken root, and to bring PBM to places it has not been, so that all people will benefit from it.
We look forward to working together in this endeavor.
Korean Research Society of Transfusion Alternatives C/O
Bloodless Center SOONCHUNHYANG UNIV. HOSPITAL
Hannam-dong Yongsan-gu Seoul (SEOUL 140-743 KOREA)