From the Literature

Published: Jun 2016

Baharoglu MI, Cordonnier C, Salman RA, et al.

Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial.
Lancet 2016;387:2605-2613.

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NATA REVIEW:
Essential reading for all. A reminder that however logical a therapy might be (giving platelets to those with...
REVIEW by:
B. J. Hunt

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

Daurat A, Roger C, Gris J, et al.

Apheresis platelets are more frequently associated with adverse reactions than pooled platelets both in recipients and in donors: a study from French hemovigilance data.
Transfusion 2016;56:1295-1303.

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NATA REVIEW:
Platelets (PLT) for transfusion can be obtained by apheresis or by whole-blood donation. Pooling of buffy coats...
REVIEW by:
R. Moog

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

Leal-Noval SR, Muñoz-Serrano Á, Arellano-Orden V, et al.

Effects of red blood cell transfusion on long-term disability of patients with traumatic brain injury.
Neurocrit Care 2016;24:371-380.

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In this retrospective observational study, Leal-Noval et al. found better long-term (1-year) functional...
REVIEW by:
T. Frietsch

Published: Jun 2016

Gonzalez E, Moore EE, Moore HB, et al.

Goal-directed hemostatic resuscitation of trauma-induced coagulopathy: a pragmatic randomized clinical trial comparing a viscoelastic assay to conventional coagulation assays.
Ann Surg 2016;263:1051-1059.

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NATA REVIEW:
In a pragmatic RCT, Gonzalez and colleagues from Denver, CO, USA, show that resuscitation guided by a viscoelastic...
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

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: Feb 2016

Myles PS, Smith JA, Forbes A, et al.

Stopping vs. continuing aspirin before coronary artery surgery.
N Engl J Med 2016;374:728-737.

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NATA REVIEW:
Myles et al. have used a 2-by-2 factorial trial design to randomly assign patients who were scheduled...
REVIEW by:
C.-M. Samama

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