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1. A win-win situation? – The concept of “Patient blood management”

The WHO’s call to “handle patients’ blood carefully” is not a direct response to the fighting in Ukraine. A few months ago, the World Health Organization released a new policy brief titled “The Urgent Need to Implement Patient Blood Management”. The goal is to realize that professional “patient blood management” can improve treatment success for hundreds of millions of patients around the world. And the WHO argues with “3E”: economy, that is economic savings, financial, evidence, facts and ethics. Because the measure is seen as an improvement for patients, blood donors and for society as a whole.

But what exactly is patient-centered blood management? PBM is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary, multimodal, patient-centered comprehensive medical concept that focuses on protecting the patient’s blood supply, especially during (planned) surgery. The concept includes preoperative preparations and clarifications, as well as intraoperative measures, such as maximal reduction of unnecessary blood loss and maximal use of blood-saving measures, up to postoperative patient care.

At the Kepler University Hospital in Linz, perioperative medicine with patient blood management is one of the focal points of medicine. Maria Harmer has with Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr Jens Meier, Director of the Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Clinic.

2. Health kiosks, hotels for patients and members. – The influence of architecture on health

“Healthcare close to home in our communities and cities is facing far-reaching changes and challenges. On the one hand, it is becoming more and more difficult to provide care nationwide, on the other hand, the need for health services is becoming more and more more complex, at the same time more diverse and often goes far beyond pure acute treatment diseases “. This is the text of a symposium entitled “New spaces for health. Building health”. “Health promotion, interdisciplinarity and spatial and institutional networking are moving to the center,” say the organizers of the conference, which took place recently in Purkersdorf. “Health is significantly affected by spatial factors and therefore health buildings can produce health effects. However, discussions of rapid change in the health sector have so far been largely conducted without architects and land planners, although their knowledge in particular provide a significant contribution to health “, read the texts of the symposium.

With us two experts have the opportunity to express themselves. Evelyn Temmel and Magdalena Maierhofer of the Vienna University of Technology are responsible for the concept of the symposium. Thomas Haunschmid met her for an interview.

Publisher: Dr. Christoph Leprich and Lydia Sprinzl, MA


Learn more about the Patient Blood Management post:

Interview partner:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Meier
Head of the University Clinic of Anesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care
Kepler University Hospital GmbH
Via dell’ospedale 9
4021 Linz
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Information links:

WHO Policy Brief “The Urgent Need to Implement Patient Blood Management”
PWM quality standard
PWM network
The world’s most comprehensive PBM study to date
Patient blood management: the next revolution in obstetric anesthesia?
Hans Gombotz: Patient blood management Three-pillar strategy to improve outcome by avoiding allogeneic blood products
Patient Blood Management (Part 1) – Individual Treatment Concept to Reduce and Avoid Anemia, Blood Loss and Transfusions
Deutsches Ärzteblatt: New treatment models: patient blood management

Learn more about the healthcare architecture article:

Interview partner:

Univ.Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Maddalena Maierhofer
Assistant Professor in the Research Area of ​​Local Spatial Planning at the Technological University of Vienna
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Vienna
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Univ.Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Evelyn Temmel
Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Building Theory and Design Research Area at the Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Vienna

Information links:

Symposium presentations
ORTE Lower Austrian architecture network
ÄrzteZeitung: How architecture affects health
FOCUS: The new healthcare architecture
Deutsches Architektenblatt: Will Corona create a new healthcare architecture?


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