From the Literature

Published: Mar 2017

Mesar T, Larentzakis A, Dzik W, Chang Y, Velmahos G, Yeh DD

Association between ratio of fresh frozen plasma to red blood cells during massive transfusion and survival among patients without traumatic injury.
JAMA Surg 2017; Mar 8 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
Following reports from US military and civilian trauma centres, the practice of transfusing massively bleeding...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Feb 2017

Bergamin FS, Almeida JP, Landoni G, et al.

Liberal versus restrictive transfusion strategy in critically ill oncologic patients: the Transfusion Requirements in Critically Ill Oncologic Patients randomized controlled trial.
Crit Care Med 2017; Feb 24 [Epub ahead of print].

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NATA REVIEW:
Liberal red blood cell (RBC) transfusion in critically ill oncology patients – Is liberal better in this population...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

Published: Feb 2017

Leahy MF, Hofmann A, Towler S, et al.

Improved outcomes and reduced costs associated with a health-system-wide patient blood management program: a retrospective observational study in four major adult tertiary-care hospitals.
Transfusion 2017; Feb 2 [Epub ahead of print].

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"Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are the de facto standard for answering clinical questions, delivering the...
REVIEW by:
J. Meier

Published: Jan 2017

Meybohm P, Richards T, Isbister J, et al.

Patient blood management bundles to facilitate implementation.
Transfus Med Rev 2017;31:62-71.

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How to cook a patient blood management programme! In this 'position paper', a group of well-known...
REVIEW by:
S. Lasocki

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.

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

Published: Dec 2016

Borgert M, Binnekade J, Paulus F, et al.

Implementation of a transfusion bundle reduces inappropriate red blood cell transfusions in intensive care - a before and after study.
Transfus Med 2016;26:432-439.

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NATA REVIEW:
This study describes an intervention in one intensive care unit, consisting of a transfusion bundle in which...
REVIEW by:
A. Norgaard

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.

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

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.

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

Published: Nov 2016

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

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

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

Published: Nov 2016

Michetti CP, Prentice HA, Lita E, Wright J, Ng E, Newcomb AB

Reducing transfusions in critically injured patients using a restricted-criteria order set.
J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2016;81:889-896.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this study, the authors deal with the problem of adherence to evidence-based transfusion criteria. As they...
REVIEW by:
R. Rossaint

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