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 annual NATA symposium will provide a unique opportunity for stimulating and constructive exchanges across different specialities involved in patient blood management.

The final scientific programme is available, and 101 abstracts have been accepted for presentation.

The results of major, recently published or completed trials will be presented and discussed:

  • The Age of Blood Evaluation (ABLE) Randomised Controlled Trial
  • The Transfusion Requirements in Septic Shock (TRISS) Trial
  • Long-Term Mortality in the Transfusion Trigger Trial for Functional Outcomes in Cardiovascular Patients Undergoing Surgical Hip Fracture Repair (FOCUS)
  • Fibrinogen Concentrate as Initial Treatment for Postpartum Haemorrhage: FIB-PPH Study
  • Liberal or Restrictive Transfusion after Cardiac Surgery: TITRe2 Study


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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

Mar 27, 2015

Published: Mar 2015

Shields LE, Wiesner S, Fulton J, Pelletreau B

Comprehensive maternal hemorrhage protocols reduce the use of blood products and improve patient safety.
Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015;212:272-280.

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NATA REVIEW:
This was a paper that I really enjoyed reviewing. It discusses the effect of applying a comprehensive protocol...
REVIEW by:
B. J. Hunt

Published: Mar 2015

Karkouti K, McCluskey SA, Callum J, et al.

Evaluation of a novel transfusion algorithm employing point-of-care coagulation assays in cardiac surgery: a retrospective cohort study with interrupted time-series analysis.
Anesthesiology 2015;122:560-570.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors evaluated a novel transfusion algorithm that uses point-of-care coagulation testing. They enrolled...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Mar 2015

Lasocki S, Krauspe R, von Heymann C, Mezzacasa A, Chainey S, Spahn DR

PREPARE: the prevalence of perioperative anaemia and need for patient blood management in elective orthopaedic surgery: A multicentre, observational study.
Eur J Anaesthesiol 2015;32:160-167.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this observational, multicentre study, the authors investigated the prevalence of pre- and postoperative anaemia...
REVIEW by:
E. Bisbe

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

Hoffman M, Volovyk Z, Monroe DM

Reversal of dabigatran effects in models of thrombin generation and hemostasis by factor VIIa and prothrombin complex concentrate.
Anesthesiology 2015;122:353-362.

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NATA REVIEW:
Dabigatran is a direct thrombin inhibitor increasingly used for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolism....
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Jan 2015

Müller MC, Arbous MS, Spoelstra-de Man AM, et al.

Transfusion of fresh-frozen plasma in critically ill patients with a coagulopathy before invasive procedures: a randomized clinical trial.
Transfusion 2015;55:26-35.

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NATA REVIEW:
This multicentre randomised non-inferiority trial was conducted for assess whether critically ill patients with...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Leal-Noval