From the Literature

Published: Aug 2016

Chalfin HJ, Liu JJ, Gandhi N, et al.

Blood transfusion is associated with increased perioperative morbidity and adverse oncologic outcomes in bladder cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radical cystectomy.
Ann Surg Oncol 2016;23:2715-2722.

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NATA REVIEW:
Cum hoc ergo propter hoc (With this, therefore because of this) — this logical fallacy often results...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Aug 2016

Wang H, Umejiego J, Robinson RD, et al.

A derivation and validation study of an early blood transfusion needs score for severe trauma patients.
J Clin Med Res 2016;8:591-597.

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In this study, Wang et al. investigated the validity of a simple and pragmatic prehospital blood transfusion...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Ostrowski

Published: Jul 2016

Froessler B, Palm P, Weber I, Hodyl NA, Singh R, Murphy EM

The important role for intravenous iron in perioperative patient blood management in major abdominal surgery: a randomized controlled trial.
Ann Surg 2016;264:41-46.

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In this study, patients with confirmed iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) scheduled for major abdominal surgery (mostly...
REVIEW by:
M. Muñoz

Published: Jul 2016

Barillari G, Londero AP, Brenner B, et al.

Recurrence of venous thromboembolism in patients with recent gestational deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism: Findings from the RIETE Registry.
Eur J Intern Med 2016;32:53-59.

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This paper looks at the recurrent VTE rate in women who had VTE during pregnancy. As with all data from observational...
REVIEW by:
B. J. Hunt

Published: Jul 2016

Lucas DJ, Ejaz A, Spolverato G, et al.

Packed red blood cell transfusion after surgery: are we "overtranfusing" our patients?
Am J Surg 2016;212:1-9.

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NATA REVIEW:
Using data from a prospective blood management intelligence portal, Lucas and co-authors performed an analysis...
REVIEW by:
T. Frietsch

Published: Jul 2016

Jankowska EA, Tkaczyszyn M, Suchocki T, et al.

Effects of intravenous iron therapy in iron-deficient patients with systolic heart failure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Eur J Heart Fail 2016;18:786-795.

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NATA REVIEW:
Iron deficiency has been observed in a large proportion of patients with chronic heart failure. Most importantly,...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Jul 2016

Marx G, Schindler AW, Mosch C, et al.

Intravascular volume therapy in adults: Guidelines from the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany.
Eur J Anaesthesiol 2016;33:488-521.

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NATA REVIEW:
These guidelines on volume therapy should be considered in the bundle concept of patient blood management (PBM)...
REVIEW by:
S. Kozek-Langenecker

Published: Jul 2016

Stevens LM, Noiseux N, Prieto I, Hardy JF

Major transfusions remain frequent despite the generalized use of tranexamic acid: an audit of 3322 patients undergoing cardiac surgery.
Transfusion 2016;56:1857-1865.

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NATA REVIEW:
With the improvements made in non-invasive cardiac therapies (e.g. percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty)...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Jul 2016

Rahe-Meyer N, Levy JH, Mazer CD, et al.

Randomized evaluation of fibrinogen vs placebo in complex cardiovascular surgery (REPLACE): a double-blind phase III study of haemostatic therapy.
Br J Anaesth 2016;117:41-51.

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NATA REVIEW:
In view of the low levels of fibrinogen in various clinical circumstances associated with haemorrhage, replacement...
REVIEW by:
M. Levi

Published: Jun 2016

Baharoglu MI, Cordonnier C, Salman RA, et al.

Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial.
Lancet 2016;387:2605-2613.

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NATA REVIEW:
Essential reading for all. A reminder that however logical a therapy might be (giving platelets to those with...
REVIEW by:
B. J. Hunt

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