The first in a series of six evidence-based guidelines was approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on 12 November 2010, and released on 1 March 2011.
Module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion is under review. This version was published in March 2011 and is based on the best available evidence published up to July 2009. The original version remains available to guide practice.
Module 1 is intended to assist and guide health-care professionals in making clinical decisions when managing patients with critical bleeding who require or are likely to require massive transfusion.
Module 1 includes a Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP) template that is designed to be adapted to meet local institutions’ patient population and resources.
The Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion module and accompanying resources can be accessed by clicking on the relevant links below.
- Module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion (pdf) (4.21 MB)
- Module 1 Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion Online (html)
- Quick Reference Guide Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion (pdf) (2.69 MB)
- PBM Guidelines Massive Transfusion Protocol Template (ppt) (421.5 KB) - further information on the development, local adaptation, activation and cessation of a massive transfusion protocol is at chapter 4.10 of the module
- Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Mobile devices
- Online order form to request hard copies for free (within Australia only)
- Technical Report Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion - Volume 1 (pdf) (1.88 MB) - Review of Evidence
- Technical Report Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion - Volume 2 (pdf) (3.24 MB) - Appendixes
College & Society Endorsements
The National Blood Authority greatly appreciates and acknowledges the input received from the clinical community in producing the Patient Blood Management Guidelines. We are pleased to acknowledge that the following organisations have formally endorsed Module 1 - Critical Bleeding/Massive Transfusion:
- Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
- Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
- Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
- Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society
- Australian Red Cross Blood Service
- College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
- Medical Oncology Group of Australia
- Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Nursing Australia
- Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Review and update of the PBM Guidelines
The National Blood Authority is currently considering the review and update process across the entire suite of modules rather than each module being updated in an isolated and iterative process. The aim is to transition to a methodology that will enable more rapid updates i.e. to a ‘living guideline’ model. For more information please refer to the Patient Blood Management Guidelines Progress Update webpage.
For more information
To provide feedback and inform future reviews of this module, please send any comments on its content or implementation, or on the accompanying materials, to the project manager at:
- Email guidelines [at] blood.gov.au (subject: PBM%20Guidelines%20Enquiry)
Patient Blood Management Guidelines
National Blood Authority
Locked Bag 8430
Canberra ACT 2601
- Fax (02) 6151 5300