From the Literature


Published: Nov 2019

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists clinical practice improvement advisory for management of perioperative bleeding and hemostasis in cardiac surgery patients.
Raphael J, Mazer CD, Subramani S, et al.
J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2019;33:2887-2899.
Pub Med
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J. M. Cholette


Bleeding after cardiac surgery is a common and serious complication leading to transfusion of multiple blood products, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. Transfusion rates in cardiac surgery have declined only modestly, remaining at 50% or greater in high-risk patients.

The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists has formed the Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery Working Group to organize, summarize, and disseminate the available best-practice knowledge in patient blood management in cardiac surgery. This work includes summary statements and algorithms designed by the working group and recommendations for patient blood management practices.

– Jill M. Cholette (SABM reviewer)