15th Annual NATA Symposium

15th Annual NATA SymposiumThe 15th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis took place at the Alfândega Congress Center in Porto, Portugal, on April 10-11, 2014.

A total of 420 delegates from 32 countries, including 92 from Portugal, participated in the symposium. The evaluation summary will be posted here shortly.



If you have attended the symposium, your feedback on the scientific programme (plenary sessions and workshops) and your topic suggestions for next year's symposium would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below to post comments on the Nataonline forum.
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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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Focused Update: European Society of Anesthesiology Guidelines on the Management of Severe Perioperative Bleeding

European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) guidelines on the management of severe perioperative bleeding (POB) were published recently.

In a Nataonline Focused Update, Prof. Kozek-Langenecker, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Evangelical Hospital Vienna, Vienna, Austria, and first author of the article published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, provides an overview of the recommendations.

The basis of clinical questions covered in the ESA guidelines is wide, she explains. POB management is not restricted to procoagulant strategies in overt POB but also includes patient optimization before, during and after bleeding. A web-app summarizing the key messages of the guidelines is available on the ESA website.

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Slide Presentations from 2013 and 2012 Annual Symposia

We are pleased to provide NATA members with PDF versions of presentations delivered at the 2012 (Copenhagen) and 2013 (Vienna) annual symposia. These presentations are made available with permission from the authors and may have been modified to remove unpublished or copyrighted material. Please visit the Members' area are to view or download NATA speaker presentations.
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News

Transfusion Medicine Becomes NATA's Official Journal

The NATA board of directors has the pleasure to announce that NATA has entered into a partnership with the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) and that Transfusion Medicine, the official journal of BBTS, edited by Dr. David Roberts, has become NATA's official journal.

Online subscription to Transfusion Medicine is granted to NATA members. Please visit the Members Area for more information.
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From the Literature

Apr 19, 2014

Published: Mar 2014

Bloom BJ, Filion KB, Atallah R, Eisenberg MJ

Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the risk of bleeding with dabigatran.
Am J Cardiol 2014;113:1066-1074.

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NATA REVIEW:
Bloom et al. performed an interesting meta-analysis of five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the...
REVIEW by:
C.-M. Samama

Published: Mar 2014

Botto F, Alonso-Coello P, Chan MT, et al.

Myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery: a large, international, prospective cohort study establishing diagnostic criteria, characteristics, predictors, and 30-day outcomes.
Anesthesiology 2014;120:564-578.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors report the results of the VISION study (Vascular Events in Noncardiac Surgery Patients Cohort Evaluation),...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Mar 2014

Jans O, Jorgensen C, Kehlet H, Johansson PI

Role of preoperative anemia for risk of transfusion and postoperative morbidity in fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty.
Transfusion 2014;54:717-726.

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NATA REVIEW:
Patients scheduled for major elective orthopedic procedures frequently present with preoperative anemia. Preoperative...
REVIEW by:
M. Muñoz

Published: Feb 2014

Karlsson O, Jeppsson A, Hellgren M

Major obstetric haemorrhage: monitoring with thromboelastography, laboratory analyses or both?
Int J Obstet Anesth 2014;23:10-17.

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NATA REVIEW:
Karlsson and colleagues nicely evaluate hemostasis in postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). They show that coagulopathy...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

Published: Jan 2014

Neal MD, Brown JB, Moore EE, et al.

Prehospital use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with a reduced incidence of trauma-induced coagulopathy.
Ann Surg 2014; Jan 13 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
Neal and colleagues, on behalf of The Inflammation and the Host Response to Injury Investigators, add important...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

Published: Dec 2013

Avni T, Bieber A, Steinmetz T, Leibovici L, Gafter-Gvili A

Treatment of anemia in inflammatory bowel disease ‒ systematic review and meta-analysis.
PLoS One 2013;8:e75540.

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NATA REVIEW:
This systematic review and meta-analysis of 9 randomized controlled trials (973 patients) compared...
REVIEW by:
M. Muñoz