17th Annual NATA Symposium

17th Annual NATA Symposium, Prague 2015The 17th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on April 14-15, 2016.

The preliminary scientific programme is now available. In agreement with this year’s theme, “From Theory to Praxis”, a special four-part session on perioperative patient blood management and its implementation has been scheduled on the first day, with the objective to provide clear take-home messages for clinical practice. On the second day, parallel sessions have been introduced.

The second announcement in PDF format can be downloaded here.
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Slide Presentations from the 16th Annual NATA Symposium, Prague, 2015

We are pleased to provide NATA members with PDF versions of presentations delivered at past NATA symposia. These presentations are made available for NATA members with permission from the authors and may have been modified to remove unpublished or copyrighted material.

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Slide Presentations from the 16th Annual NATA Symposium

News

European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommends marketing authorisation for idarucizumab (Praxbind), a specific reversal agent for dabigatran

On 24 September 2015, the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Praxbind, a specific reversal agent for dabigatran, intended for use when rapid reversal of the anticoagulant effects of Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is required inadult patients.

The full indication is: “Praxbind is a specific reversal agent for dabigatran and is indicated in adult patients treated with Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) when rapid reversal of its anticoagulant effects is required:
• For emergency surgery/urgent procedures
• In life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding."
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From the Literature

May 2, 2016

Published: Feb 2016

Myles PS, Smith JA, Forbes A, et al.

Stopping vs. continuing aspirin before coronary artery surgery.
N Engl J Med 2016;374:728-737.

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NATA REVIEW:
Myles et al. have used a 2-by-2 factorial trial design to randomly assign patients who were scheduled...
REVIEW by:
C.-M. Samama

Published: Feb 2016

Meier J, Filipescu D, Kozek-Langenecker S, et al.

Intraoperative transfusion practices in Europe
Br J Anaesth 2016;116:255-261.

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NATA REVIEW:
Recent publications and recommendations advocate restrictive transfusion strategies, as suggested in patient...
REVIEW by:
S. Lasocki

Published: Feb 2016

Stramer SL, Moritz ED, Foster GA, et al.

Hepatitis E virus: seroprevalence and frequency of viral RNA detection among US blood donors.
Transfusion 2016;56:481-488.

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NATA REVIEW:
The clinical significance of hepatitis E virus (HEV) in blood transfusion is a matter of debate. Transfusion...
REVIEW by:
R. Moog

Published: Feb 2016

Guinn NR, Guercio JR, Hopkins TJ, et al.

How do we develop and implement a preoperative anemia clinic designed to improve perioperative outcomes and reduce cost?
Transfusion 2016;56:297-303.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors describe the development and implementation of a preoperative anaemia screening and treatment programme...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Feb 2016

Johnson DJ, Scott AV, Barodka VM, et al.

Morbidity and mortality after high-dose transfusion.
Anesthesiology 2016;124:387-395.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors address an interesting topic that has not been described earlier, and they had the opportunity to...
REVIEW by:
C. So-Osman

Published: Jan 2016

Qureshi SH, Rizvi SI, Patel NN, Murphy GJ

Meta-analysis of colloids versus crystalloids in critically ill, trauma and surgical patients.
Br J Surg 2016;103:14-26.

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NATA REVIEW:
This new meta-analysis comparing colloids to crystalloids in critically ill, trauma and surgical patients confirms...
REVIEW by:
P. Van der Linden