Blood Management - Today and Tomorrow

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Blood Management - Today and Tomorrow
Currently, bloodless medicine centers around the world, including developed countries such as United States, Canada and Europe, are being launched one after another.

More and more people want blood transfusion alternatives and, as a result, government agencies which are concerned about the effect that the risks associated with transfusion on the public’s health, support implementation of transfusion alternatives programs.

In addition, even among the medical personnel, interests are growing in Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (Transfusion Alternative/Blood Conservation/Blood Management).

For example, annual meeting agendas in large medical organizations such as AABB (the American Association of Blood Banks) in the USA now include blood management. The need for blood management, along with new methods, is being addressed in multiple transfusion medical textbooks, articles, and various medical journals. In various parts of the world, blood management/research centers have sprung up in one country after another.

In fact, shortly following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, army surgeons visited the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) and inquired about the optimal management of the blood. In mass disasters as well as in the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, cost-effective blood management is becoming a reality.

The obvious fact is that the “Transfusion Alternatives and Blood Management” field with its modest start-up has faced many seemingly impossible challenges and has established itself in the mainstream of medicine.

Since this field achieves better results for patients, reducing costs and is rewarding to doctors, indeed, this is a win-win situation.