16th Annual NATA Symposium

16th Annual NATA Symposium, Prague 2015The 16th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis will take place at the Prague Congress Centre in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 16-17, 2015.

The first announcement can be downloaded in PDF or Powerpoint format.

An updated version of the scientific programme is available, and 101 abstracts have been accepted for presentation.

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News from the Industry: White Paper – Red Cell Salvage: Current Status

Intraoperative Red Cell Salvage (RCS) was introduced in the early 1980s and rapidly gained clinical acceptance. Early RCS was done without cell washing, but washed RCS became the standard of care in cardiac surgery and other procedures.

RCS gained popularity because it did not carry the risk of transfusion-transmitted diseases, notably HIV and hepatitis B and C, and decreased demand for allogeneic blood. While both of these benefits are still true today, the increased safety profile of allogeneic transfusion as well as the presence of stable blood inventories have diminished their importance.

Nevertheless, strong clinical and economic reasons remain to use RCS. This white paper addresses these issues.
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Anaesthesia Supplement on ‘Transfusion, Thrombosis and Management of Bleeding’

Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland, announces the publication of a special open-access supplement on Transfusion, Thrombosis and Management of Bleeding, to coincide with the UK launch of Patient Blood Management in the NHS.

A collaboration between anaesthetists, haematologists, surgeons and others, this supplement pulls together state-of-the-art research and recommendations into a comprehensive guide. World-renowned specialists have contributed a series of detailed reviews and debates.
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From the Literature

Feb 28, 2015

Published: Feb 2015

Practice guidelines for perioperative blood management: an updated report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Perioperative Blood Management.
Anesthesiology 2015;122:241-275.

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NATA REVIEW:
These Practice Guidelines update “Practice Guidelines for Perioperative Blood Transfusion and Adjuvant Therapies:...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Feb 2015

Herzog E, Kaspereit F, Krege W, et al.

Effective reversal of edoxaban-associated bleeding with four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate in a rabbit model of acute hemorrhage.
Anesthesiology 2015;122:387-398.

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NATA REVIEW:
New-generation oral anticoagulants, specifically targeted at thrombin or factor Xa, have been shown to be effective...
REVIEW by:
M. Levi

Published: Jan 2015

Graham DJ, Reichman ME, Wernecke M, et al.

Cardiovascular, bleeding, and mortality risks in elderly medicare patients treated with dabigatran or warfarin for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
Circulation 2015;131:157-164.

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NATA REVIEW:
We have entered a new era with novel oral anticoagulants specifically targeted at thrombin (e.g. dabigatran)...
REVIEW by:
M. Levi

Published: Jan 2015

Zahir H, Brown KS, Vandell AG, et al.

Edoxaban effects on bleeding following punch biopsy and reversal by a 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate.
Circulation 2015;131:82-90.

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NATA REVIEW:
Edoxaban is a non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) that directly inhibits factor Xa. The efficacy and...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Jan 2015

Spiegelstein D, Holmes SD, Pritchard G, Halpin L, Ad N

Preoperative hematocrit as a predictor of perioperative morbidities following nonemergent coronary artery bypass surgery.
J Card Surg 2015;30:20-26.

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NATA REVIEW:
This retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data reports that, among 2300 patients undergoing...
REVIEW by:
P. Van der Linden

Published: Nov 2014

Leal-Noval SR, Casado M, Arellano-Orden V, et al.

Administration of fibrinogen concentrate for refractory bleeding in massively transfused, non-trauma patients with coagulopathy: a retrospective study with comparator group.
BMC Anesthesiol 2014;14:109.

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NATA REVIEW:
Compensation of blood losses with infusion of crystalloidal and/or colloidal infusion solutions results in dilution...
REVIEW by:
O. Habler