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St. Michael’s to host symposium on patient blood management

Toronto, September 9, 2013

On Saturday Oct. 26, the Centre of Excellence for Patient Blood Management at St. Michael’s Hospital will host its second annual symposium. Mounting evidence suggests that blood transfusions are often associated with adverse patient outcomes, making patient blood management, or PBM, increasingly more relevant to patient safety and care.

The symposium will include international and local speakers and will aim to help participants understand the basics of PBM, the rationale for implementing a PBM program and will address questions around when you should transfuse, how you can avoid transfusion, and what the benefits to avoiding transfusion are for the patient.

The program for the day will be geared to anesthesiologists, surgeons, hematologists, critical care physicians, transfusionists, nurses, administrators and other relevant health care providers interested in achieving improved patient outcomes through PBM strategies.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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