Preparing for the PBMT & PBMS Examinations

The Perioperative Blood Management Technologist Examination consists of approximately 115 questions in multiple choice format. Questions concerning Environmental Factors, Equipment, Patient Care Procedures, and Critical Incident Information will be included in the exam.

Difficulty Equipment/Disposables Patient Care / Procedures Critical Incidents % Items*
Team communication Equipment applications Indications / contraindications Response to incidents 20
Surgical vocabulary Instructions for use Standards / guidelines Diagnose / troubleshoot 40
Sterile environment Technical knowledge Physiology / pharmacology Medical knowledge 40
30 30 20 20 100

*Approximate distribution of exam items

The successful examinee will exceed the cut-off criteria set by the IBBM based on item analysis and past candidate performance on specific exam items composing the candidate’s specific test form.


Study References

PBMT Study Materials

AABB. Standards for Perioperative Autologous Blood Collection and Administration. 3rd Edition. Bethesda, MD. 2006. ISBN #978-7-56395-242-5

A. Safuh (Ed.). Hemostasis In Cardiac Surgery. Armonk, NY: Futura Publishing. 1999. ISBN 0-87993-410-7

B.D. Spiess, R.K. Spence, & A. Shander (Eds.). Perioperative Transfusion Medicine. 2nd Edition. Chicago: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2007. ISBN 0-683-07892-5

Center for Disease Control. Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force. 2002

Dailey, J.F. Dailey’s Notes on Blood. 4th Edition. Somerville, MA: Medical Consulting Group. 2002.  ISBN: 0-9631819-6-3

K.H. Krieger & O.W. Isom (Eds.). Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery. New York: Springer. 1997. ISBN 0-387-94908-9

M. Ramez (Ed.). Blood Conservation in the Surgical Patient. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.1995. ISBN 0-683-07531-4

Waters, J., & Gottshall, J (Eds.). Perioperative Blood Management: A Physician’s Handbook. 3rd Edition. Bethesda, MD: AABB.  ISBN: 9781563958427

1.Society of Advancement of Blood Management ( )

2. American Association of Blood Banks ( )

3. American Society of Extracorporeal Technology ( )

4. International Board of Blood Management ( )

5. Society of Thoracic Surgery, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and AmSECT Standards and Guidelines

  • 2011 Update to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Blood Conservation Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • 2018 STS/SCA/AmSECT Anticoagulation Guidelines

6. Other citations

7. has numerous resources at


IBBM Presentation This is an excellent study guide for anyone interested in taking the PBMT exam.  This material is from the 2010 Perioperative Management Course presented in conjunction with the AmSECT meeting in Reno, NV.
To access the slides for your reference, please click on the subject heading below to download the slides:


Bad Blood

A Multidisciplinary Multimodality Approach to Blood Conservation

Principles of Perioperative Autologous Cell Processing


PBMS Study Materials


AABB Standards for Perioperative Autologous Blood Collection and Administration, 8th edition 
SABM PBM Standards

Online Resources