17th Annual NATA Symposium

16th Annual NATA Symposium, Prague 2015The 17th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis was held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on April 14-15, 2016.

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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

Jul 2, 2015

Published: Jun 2015

Whitlock EL, Kim H, Auerbach AD

Harms associated with single unit perioperative transfusion: retrospective population based analysis.
BMJ 2015;350:h3037.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors conducted a database review of close to 1.6 million patients undergoing surgery at 346 hospitals...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Jun 2015

Gregersen M, Borris LC, Damsgaard EM

Postoperative blood transfusion strategy in frail, anemic elderly patients with hip fracture.
Acta Orthop 2015;86:363-372.

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NATA REVIEW:
Gregersen et al. conducted a single-centre (Danish) randomised controlled trial comparing a so-called...
REVIEW by:
S. Lasocki

Published: May 2015

Beyer-Westendorf J, Ebertz F, Forster K, et al.

Effectiveness and safety of dabigatran therapy in daily-care patients with atrial fibrillation. Results from the Dresden NOAC Registry.
Thromb Haemost 2015;113:1247-1257.

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NATA REVIEW:
Dabigatran is increasingly used for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Although the drug...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: May 2015

Goldstein JN, Refaai MA, Milling TJ, Jr., et al.

Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate versus plasma for rapid vitamin K antagonist reversal in patients needing urgent surgical or invasive interventions: a phase 3b, open-label, non-inferiority, randomised trial.
Lancet 2015;385:2077-2087.

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NATA REVIEW:
The use of vitamin K antagonists, such as warfarin, has been increasing over the last decades and despite...
REVIEW by:
M. Levi

Published: May 2015

Snyder EL, Stramer SL, Benjamin RJ

The safety of the blood supply ― time to raise the bar.
N Engl J Med 2015;372:1882-1885.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors describe the aspects of the safety of blood components focusing on pathogen reduction technologies...
REVIEW by:
R. Moog

Published: May 2015

Westenbrink BD, Alings M, Connolly SJ, et al.

Anemia predicts thromboembolic events, bleeding complications and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation: insights from the RE-LY trial.
J Thromb Haemost 2015;13:699-707.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this study, the authors performed a post-hoc analysis of the RE-LY study (a prospective, randomised trial...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni