18th Annual NATA Symposium

18th Annual NATA Symposium, Florence 2018The 18th Annual NATA Symposium on Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis will take place at the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center in Florence, Italy, on April 20-21, 2017.

The scientific programme is now online.

The deadline for abstract submission is December 19, 2016.

The first announcement can be downloaded here in PDF format and here in Powerpoint format.

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Slide Presentations from the 16th Annual NATA Symposium, Prague, 2015

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AAGBI guidelines: the use of blood components and their alternatives 2016

This consensus document, published in the July issue of Anaesthesia, was produced by members of a Working Party established by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). The document has been reviewed and endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and NATA.

The authors emphasize the importance of a transfusion practice based on current, scientific, evidence-based knowledge, and note that a multidisciplinary approach that aims to benefit patients by the reduction in inappropriate transfusions is paramount.
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From the Literature

Dec 5, 2016

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.


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

Published: Nov 2016

Heddle NM, Cook RJ, Arnold DM, et al.

Effect of short-term vs. long-term blood storage on mortality after transfusion.
N Engl J Med 2016;375:1937-1945.


The impact of storage time of packed red blood cells (RBCs) on patient outcome has been a topic of heated controversy....
R. Moog

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.


The AABB has updated its guidelines on red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and storage issues. In summary, the authors...
J. Lacroix

Published: Nov 2016

Muenster S, Beloiartsev A, Yu B, et al.

Exposure of stored packed erythrocytes to nitric oxide prevents transfusion-associated pulmonary hypertension.


This study investigated the potential role of of nitric oxide (NO) treatment of stored red blood cells (RBCs)...
M. Piagnerelli

Published: Nov 2016

von Heymann C, Kaufner L, Sander M, et al.

Does the severity of preoperative anemia or blood transfusion have a stronger impact on long-term survival after cardiac surgery?
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2016;152:1412-1420.


In this study, von Heymann and colleagues describe the effects of different degrees of preoperative anaemia and/or...
J. Meier

Published: Oct 2016

Prandoni P, Lensing AW, Prins MH, et al.

Prevalence of pulmonary embolism among patients hospitalized for syncope.
N Engl J Med 2016;375:1524-1531.


Paolo Prandoni has been working in the field of venous thromboembolism for many years. His PESIT study provides...
C.-M. Samama