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.

The preliminary scientific programme is now availble, and the deadline for abstract submission is December 19, 2014.

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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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Akebia Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase 2 Study of AKB-6548 in Patients with Anemia Related to Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Dialysis

On September 25, 2014, Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel, proprietary therapeutics based on hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) biology and the commercialization of these products for patients with kidney disease, announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase 2 clinical study of AKB-6548 in patients with anemia related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are undergoing dialysis. AKB-6548 is being developed as a once-daily, oral therapy with best-in-class potential for the treatment of anemia related to CKD.
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From the Literature

Nov 23, 2014

Published: Nov 2014

Macdougall IC, Bock AH, Carrera F, et al.

FIND-CKD: a randomized trial of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose versus oral iron in patients with chronic kidney disease and iron deficiency anaemia.
Nephrol Dial Transplant 2014;29:2075-2084.

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NATA REVIEW:
This 56-week, open-label, multicentre randomised trial compared intravenous ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) targeting...
REVIEW by:
M. Auerbach

Published: Oct 2014

Peake SL, Delaney A, Bailey M, et al.

Goal-directed resuscitation for patients with early septic shock.
N Engl J Med 2014;371:1496-1506.

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NATA REVIEW:
The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) was a multicentre randomised study comparing early...
REVIEW by:
M. Piagnerelli

Published: Oct 2014

Sullivan IJ, Faulds JN

Assessment of intra-operative cell salvage haemolysis in the obstetric and orthopaedic clinical setting, in comparison with allogeneic blood.
Transfus Med 2014;24:280-285.

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NATA REVIEW:
This is an interesting report from an active group who have published widely on the topic of cell salvaged blood...
REVIEW by:
D. Thomas

Published: Oct 2014

Adelmann D, Wiegele M, Wohlgemuth RK, et al.

Measuring the activity of apixaban and rivaroxaban with rotational thrombelastometry.
Thromb Res 2014;134:918-923.

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NATA REVIEW:
Although no routine coagulation monitoring is recommended during treatment with direct factor Xa inhibitors,...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Oct 2014

Hibbs SP, Noel S, Miles D, Staves J, Murphy MF

The impact of electronic decision support and electronic remote blood issue on transfusion practice.
Transfus Med 2014;24:274-279.

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NATA REVIEW:
This study analyses the efficacy of two electronic tools to improve physicians' adherence to transfusion guidelines...
REVIEW by:
T. Frietsch

Published: Oct 2014

Kasivisvanathan R, Abbassi-Ghadi N, Kumar S, et al.

Risk of bleeding and adverse outcomes predicted by thromboelastography platelet mapping in patients taking clopidogrel within 7 days of non-cardiac surgery.
Br J Surg 2014;101:1383-1390.

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NATA REVIEW:
Kasivisvanathan and colleagues open the door a little further to tailored antiplatelet therapy, showing good...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe