From the Literature

Published: Mar 2017

Mesar T, Larentzakis A, Dzik W, Chang Y, Velmahos G, Yeh DD

Association between ratio of fresh frozen plasma to red blood cells during massive transfusion and survival among patients without traumatic injury.
JAMA Surg 2017; Mar 8 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
Following reports from US military and civilian trauma centres, the practice of transfusing massively bleeding...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Mar 2017

Ad N, Holmes SD, Patel J, et al.

The impact of a multidisciplinary blood conservation protocol on patient outcomes and cost after cardiac surgery.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017;153:597-605.

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NATA REVIEW:
This before-and-after study confirms that a standardised intraoperative blood conservation programme including...
REVIEW by:
P. Van der Linden

Published: Feb 2017

Bergamin FS, Almeida JP, Landoni G, et al.

Liberal versus restrictive transfusion strategy in critically ill oncologic patients: the Transfusion Requirements in Critically Ill Oncologic Patients randomized controlled trial.
Crit Care Med 2017; Feb 24 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
Liberal red blood cell (RBC) transfusion in critically ill oncology patients – Is liberal better in this population...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

Published: Feb 2017

van Adrichem RA, Nemeth B, Algra A, et al.

Thromboprophylaxis after knee arthroscopy and lower-leg casting.
N Engl J Med 2017;376:515-525.

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NATA REVIEW:
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis has always been a matter of debate in moderate-risk orthopaedic procedures....
REVIEW by:
C.-M. Samama

Published: Feb 2017

Leahy MF, Hofmann A, Towler S, et al.

Improved outcomes and reduced costs associated with a health-system-wide patient blood management program: a retrospective observational study in four major adult tertiary-care hospitals.
Transfusion 2017; Feb 2 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
"Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are the de facto standard for answering clinical questions, delivering the...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Jan 2017

Oyeniyi BT, Fox EE, Scerbo M, Tomasek JS, Wade CE, Holcomb JB

Trends in 1029 trauma deaths at a level 1 trauma center: Impact of a bleeding control bundle of care.
Injury 2017;48:5-12.

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NATA REVIEW:
Over the last decade the age of trauma patients and injury mortality have increased, and in the same period many...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Ostrowski

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

Published: Dec 2016

Borgert M, Binnekade J, Paulus F, et al.

Implementation of a transfusion bundle reduces inappropriate red blood cell transfusions in intensive care - a before and after study.
Transfus Med 2016;26:432-439.

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NATA REVIEW:
This study describes an intervention in one intensive care unit, consisting of a transfusion bundle in which...
REVIEW by:
A. Norgaard

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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NATA REVIEW:
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

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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NATA REVIEW:
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

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