Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland, announces the publication of a special open-access supplement on Transfusion, Thrombosis and Management of Bleeding, to coincide with the UK launch of Patient Blood Management in the NHS.

A collaboration between anaesthetists, haematologists, surgeons and others, this supplement pulls together state-of-the-art research and recommendations into a comprehensive guide. World-renowned specialists have contributed a series of detailed reviews and debates:

Editorial: Blood – the most important humour?
C. R. Bailey, A. A. Klein and B. J. Hunt

Modern banking, collection, compatibility testing and storage of blood and blood components
L. Green, S. Allard and R. Cardigan

Evidence and triggers for the transfusion of blood and blood products
A. Shah, S. J. Stanworth and S. McKechnie

Pre-operative anaemia
B. Clevenger and T. Richards

The pathophysiology and consequences of red blood cell storage
D. Orlov and K. Karkouti

Red cell transfusion and the immune system
S. Hart, C. N. Cserti-Gazdewich and S. A. McCluskey

The current place of aprotinin in the management of bleeding
D. Royston

The current place of tranexamic acid in the management of bleeding
B. J. Hunt

Practical management of major blood loss
R. Gill

Management of peri-operative anti-thrombotic therapy
J. J. van Veen and M. Makris

Laboratory monitoring of haemostasis
A. Fowler and D. J. Perry

Point-of-care monitoring of haemostasis
S. V. Mallett and M. Armstrong

Haemostatic management of obstetric haemorrhage
R. E. Collis and P. W. Collins

Haemostatic management of cardiac surgical haemorrhage
M. W. Besser, E. Ortmann and A. A. Klein

The pathogenesis of traumatic coagulopathy
A. Cap and B. J. Hunt

Management of traumatic haemorrhage – the European perspective
H. Schöchl, W. Voelckel and C. J. Schlimp

Management of traumatic haemorrhage – the US perspective
R. P. Dutton

Surgery in patients with inherited bleeding disorders
P. K. Mensah and R. Gooding

The management of abnormal haemostasis in the ICU
A. Retter and N. A. Barrett

View the supplement on the journal website