What is NATA?
NATA, the Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis (formerly the Network for the Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives), was formed in 1998 by a group anaesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, surgeons, haematologists and transfusion medicine specialists concerned with blood conservation techniques. Their expressed goals were to promote improved use of blood components and transfusion alternatives in everyday clinical practice and to encourage the open exchange of information and scientific data within and between healthcare teams worldwide.
NATA is unique in that it provides a multidisciplinary forum for dialogue between haematologists, blood bankers, anaesthesiologists, surgeons and other healthcare professionals interested in promoting best clinical practice in the fields of patient blood management, haemostasis and thrombosis. Recently NATA’s mission statement — “Promoting optimal patient blood management, haemostasis and thrombosis in everyday clinical practice through a multidisciplinary approach” — was modified in order to better reflect the various clinical issues encountered in the management of anaemia, bleeding and thrombosis.
NATA’s Educational Activities
Annual Symposium, Regional Symposia and Expert Meetings
NATA has organized 15 annual symposia in Europe since 2000, with an average attendance ranging between 500 and 600 delegates from around 40 countries. It has also organized several regional symposia (1 in North America and 4 in Asia-Pacific) and a number of sessions or participations at other societies’ international and local congresses.
NATA has also organized expert meetings that have led to the publication of a Seminars in Hematology supplement on the role of intravenous iron in anemia management, a consensus statement on the role of intravenous iron in perioperative anemia management (Beris P et al, Br J Anaesth 2008;100:599-604), and guidelines for the detection, evaluation, and management of preoperative anaemia in the elective orthopaedic surgical patient (Goodnough LT et al, Br J Anaesth 2011;106:13-22). NATA has also endorsed the recently updated European guideline for the management of bleeding and coagulopathy following major trauma (Spahn DR et al, Crit Care 2013;17:R76).
Between 1999 and 2012 NATA published the journal Transfusion Alternatives in Transfusion Medicine (TATM), with Wiley as publisher from 2006 to 2012.
In January 2014 the journal of the British Society of Blood Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine, also published by Wiley, has become NATA’s official journal. Online subscription to the journal is included in NATA’s membership benefits.
In 2000 NATA published a textbook entitled Transfusion Medicine and Alternatives to Blood Transfusion. The full text of this edition is available free of charge on the Nataonline website. The second edition of the NATA textbook, entitled Alternatives to Blood Transfusion in Transfusion Medicine, was published in 2010 in collaboration with Wiley. The book includes 47 chapters contributed by recognized experts from various specialties.
Web and Multimedia
The Nataonline website was launched in 2001. It is the only website dedicated to peer-reviewed coverage in the fields of patient blood management, hemostasis and thrombosis. A weekly review of the literature is performed and selected articles are graded and summarized by scientific committee members. Nataonline was re-launched in 2011 with a new graphic design. A new educational content is being developed, including focused updates, news as well as a dedicated area for NATA members.
E-learning is emerging as an attractive tool for continuing medical education (CME). The board of directors has therefore decided to launch an e-learning program to be hosted on a platform connected to Nataonline. The plan is to develop a series of CME-accredited e-learning modules covering NATA’s main topics of interest.