There is growing evidence that patient blood management (PBM) is becoming “standard of care” in major surgery associated with high blood loss, particularly in cardiac surgery. These guidelines are the result of the combined efforts of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) in order to offer clear and precise recommendations regarding PBM in cardiac surgery. Although some recommendations can be debated, this article is a “must” for all clinicians interested in the field.

– Philippe Van der Linden

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