From the Literature

Published: Jun 2016

Larsen TB, Skjøth F, Nielsen PB, Kjældgaard JN, Lip GY

Comparative effectiveness and safety of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation: propensity weighted nationwide cohort study.
BMJ 2016;353:i3189.

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NATA REVIEW:
Another article providing real-world data on DOACs compared with warfarin. Helpful also in comparing efficacy...
REVIEW by:
B. J. Hunt

Published: Jun 2016

Klein AA, Collier TJ, Brar MS, et al.

The incidence and importance of anaemia in patients undergoing cardiac surgery in the UK - the first Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists national audit.
Anaesthesia 2016;71:627-635.

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NATA REVIEW:
Klein and colleagues performed a national audit in the UK in order to evaluate the incidence and clinical impact...
REVIEW by:
C. Boer

Published: Jun 2016

Shuvy M, Mewa J, Wolff R, et al.

Preprocedure anemia management decreases transfusion rates in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation.
Can J Cardiol 2016;32:732-738.

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NATA REVIEW:
The authors sought to assess the impact of a preoperative blood conservation approach in treating anaemia and...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: May 2016

Wafaisade A, Lefering R, Bouillon B, Böhmer AB, Gässler M, Ruppert M

Prehospital administration of tranexamic acid in trauma patients.
Crit Care 2016;20:143.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this retrospective study, Wafaisade et al. investigated the effect of prehospital administration...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Ostrowski

Published: Apr 2016

Hogervorst EK, Rosseel PM, van de Watering LM, et al.

Intraoperative anemia and single red blood cell transfusion during cardiac surgery: an assessment of postoperative outcome including patients refusing blood transfusion.
J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2016;30:363-372.

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NATA REVIEW:
This study by Hogervorst et al. is an extensive database analysis that has some methodological problems...
REVIEW by:
C. von Heymann

Published: Jan 2016

Majeed A, Goldhaber SZ, Kakkar A, et al.

Bleeding events with dabigatran or warfarin in patients with venous thromboembolism.
Thromb Haemost 2016;115:291-298.

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NATA REVIEW:
Since the approval of dabigatran for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment...
REVIEW by:
F. Bonhomme

Published: Jan 2016

Tinegate H, Pendry K, Murphy M, et al.

Where do all the red blood cells (RBCs) go? Results of a survey of RBC use in England and North Wales in 2014.
Transfusion 2016;56:139-145.

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NATA REVIEW:
This is a survey reporting the utilization pattern for 75% of the RBC units delivered by the UK NHSBT to hospitals...
REVIEW by:
A. Norgaard

Published: Dec 2015

Siegal DM, Curnutte JT, Connolly SJ, et al.

Andexanet alfa for the reversal of factor Xa inhibitor activity.
N Engl J Med 2015;373:2413-2424

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NATA REVIEW:
The direct factor Xa inhibitors apixaban and rivaroxaban are increasingly used for the prevention and the...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Dec 2015

Dhabangi A, Ainomugisha B, Cserti-Gazdewich C, et al.

Effect of transfusion of red blood cells with longer vs shorter storage duration on elevated blood lactate levels in children with severe anemia: the TOTAL randomized clinical trial.
JAMA 2015;314:2514-2523.

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NATA REVIEW:
Over the past few years, the "age of blood" has been one of the hot topics discussed regularly during meetings...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Dec 2015

Ding YY, Kader B, Christiansen CL, Berlowitz DR

Hemoglobin level and hospital mortality among ICU patients with cardiac disease who received transfusions.
J Am Coll Cardiol 2015;66:2510-2518.

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NATA REVIEW:
This is an interesting investigation which serves to better inform healthcare providers in their clinical decision-making...
REVIEW by:
C. G. Koch

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