From the Literature

Published: Jan 2017

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

Tranexamic acid in patients undergoing coronary-artery surgery.
N Engl J Med 2017;376:136-148.

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NATA REVIEW:
The Aspirin and Tranexamic Acid for Coronary Artery Surgery (ATACAS) trial was a multicentre, double-blind trial...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Jan 2017

French CJ, Glassford NJ, Gantner D, et al.

Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in critically ill trauma patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ann Surg 2017;265:54-62.

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In this paper, French and co-authors address the ongoing debate on the use of erythropoietin (EPO) in critically...
REVIEW by:
C. So-Osman

Published: Dec 2016

Menendez ME, Lu N, Huybrechts KF, et al.

Variation in use of blood transfusion in primary total hip and knee arthroplasties.
J Arthroplasty 2016;31:2757-2763 e2752.

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This study reports on variability in red blood cell transfusion rates among US hospitals using a large dataset...
REVIEW by:
C. So-Osman

Published: Nov 2016

Heddle NM, Cook RJ, Arnold DM, et al.

Effect of short-term vs. long-term blood storage on mortality after transfusion.
N Engl J Med 2016;375:1937-1945.

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The impact of storage time of packed red blood cells (RBCs) on patient outcome has been a topic of heated controversy....
REVIEW by:
R. Moog

Published: Nov 2016

Carson JL, Guyatt G, Heddle NM, et al.

Clinical practice guidelines from the AABB: red blood cell transfusion thresholds and storage.
JAMA 2016;316:2025-2035.

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The AABB has updated its guidelines on red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and storage issues. In summary, the authors...
REVIEW by:
J. Lacroix

Published: Nov 2016

Michetti CP, Prentice HA, Lita E, Wright J, Ng E, Newcomb AB

Reducing transfusions in critically injured patients using a restricted-criteria order set.
J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2016;81:889-896.

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In this study, the authors deal with the problem of adherence to evidence-based transfusion criteria. As they...
REVIEW by:
R. Rossaint

Published: Nov 2016

von Heymann C, Kaufner L, Sander M, et al.

Does the severity of preoperative anemia or blood transfusion have a stronger impact on long-term survival after cardiac surgery?
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2016;152:1412-1420.

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In this study, von Heymann and colleagues describe the effects of different degrees of preoperative anaemia and/or...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Nov 2016

DeAndrade D, Waters JH, Triulzi DJ, et al.

Very low rate of patient-related adverse events associated with the use of intraoperative cell salvage.
Transfusion 2016;56:2768-2772.

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This retrospective review confirms that the use of cell salvage intraoperatively is safe, with a rate of patient-related...
REVIEW by:
P. Van der Linden

Published: Nov 2016

Muenster S, Beloiartsev A, Yu B, et al.

Exposure of stored packed erythrocytes to nitric oxide prevents transfusion-associated pulmonary hypertension.

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This study investigated the potential role of of nitric oxide (NO) treatment of stored red blood cells (RBCs)...
REVIEW by:
M. Piagnerelli

Published: Oct 2016

Prandoni P, Lensing AW, Prins MH, et al.

Prevalence of pulmonary embolism among patients hospitalized for syncope.
N Engl J Med 2016;375:1524-1531.

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NATA REVIEW:
Paolo Prandoni has been working in the field of venous thromboembolism for many years. His PESIT study provides...
REVIEW by:
C.-M. Samama

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