From the Literature

Published: Jul 2015

Whiting P, Al M, Westwood M, et al.

Viscoelastic point-of-care testing to assist with the diagnosis, management and monitoring of haemostasis: a systematic review and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Health Technol Assess 2015;19:1-228.

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NATA REVIEW:
This study from the UK's Health and Technology Assessment group looked at all the available evidence on clinical...
REVIEW by:
D. Thomas

Published: Jul 2015

Curry N, Rourke C, Davenport R, et al.

Early cryoprecipitate for major haemorrhage in trauma: a randomised controlled feasibility trial.
Br J Anaesth 2015;115:76-83.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this unblinded randomised controlled trial that enrolled 43 adult trauma patients at two major UK civilian...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Ostrowski

Published: Jul 2015

Muñoz M, Gomez-Ramirez S, Kozek-Langeneker S, et al.

'Fit to fly': overcoming barriers to preoperative haemoglobin optimization in surgical patients.
Br J Anaesth 2015;115:15-24.

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NATA REVIEW:
This is a most interesting review on patient blood management (PBM) authored by experts in the field. The...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Jul 2015

Clark NP, Witt DM, Davies LE, et al.

Bleeding, recurrent venous thromboembolism, and mortality risks during warfarin interruption for invasive procedures.
JAMA Intern Med 2015;175:1163-1168.

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NATA REVIEW:
Preoperative management of patients treated with vitamin K antagonists who require elective surgical procedures...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

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: Jun 2015

Ranucci M, Baryshnikova E, Crapelli GB, Rahe-Meyer N, Menicanti L, Frigiola A

Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of fibrinogen concentrate supplementation after complex cardiac surgery.
J Am Heart Assoc 2015;4:e002066.

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NATA REVIEW:
POC-, laboratory value-, FFP-, or fibrinogen-based: the number of strategies to diagnose or treat perioperative...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Jun 2015

Müller MC, Straat M, Meijers JC, et al.

Fresh frozen plasma transfusion fails to influence the hemostatic balance in critically ill patients with a coagulopathy.
J Thromb Haemost 2015;13:989-997.

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NATA REVIEW:
This work is a post hoc analysis of a randomised controlled clinical trial in which the authors evaluated the...
REVIEW by:
M. Piagnerelli

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

Gross I, Seifert B, Hofmann A, Spahn DR

Patient blood management in cardiac surgery results in fewer transfusions and better outcome.
Transfusion 2015;55:1075-1081.

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NATA REVIEW:
Gross et al. compared transfusion and clinical data between the period prior to implementing patient...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

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