Patient Blood Management: At the Forefront of Quality and Value in Healthcare


Blood transfusion is the most commonly performed procedure in the United States, is often overperformed, and Patient Blood Management (PBM) is now considered standard of care. Per capita health care costs in the United States are double those of many other high-income countries without better outcomes. PBM creates value by simultaneously improving patient outcomes, reducing costs, and improving efficiency. This PBM presentation is in three parts: reducing unnecessary transfusions, comprehensive PBM, and the effective use of data now and in the future.

Originally published on December 5, 2018

Lecture Presenter

Ryan A. Metcalf, MD, CQA(ASQ)

Ryan A. Metcalf, MD, CQA(ASQ)

Associate Medical Director
University Hospital Transfusion Services and ARUP Blood Services
Medical Director
ARUP Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Metcalf is an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of California at Davis School of Medicine and completed his pathology residency, along with a blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship, at Stanford University. He is board certified in blood banking/transfusion medicine, as well as anatomic and clinical pathology via the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Metcalf’s research focuses on data-driven approaches to quality management in transfusion medicine and patient blood management.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define patient blood management (PBM) and summarize what comprises the discipline
  • Appraise evidence for blood transfusion indications
  • Identify how you can develop a patient blood management program
  • Evaluate strategies for effective collection, organization, and application of data at your hospital to optimize practice and monitor quality

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories