From the Literature

Published: Oct 2015

Sowers N, Froese PC, Erdogan M, Green RS

Impact of the age of stored blood on trauma patient mortality: a systematic review.
Can J Surg 2015;58:335-342.

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NATA REVIEW:
In this systematic review, Sowers et al. investigated the impact of the age of stored red blood cells...
REVIEW by:
S. R. Ostrowski

Published: Oct 2015

Al-Riyami AZ, Al-Khabori M, Baskaran B, Siddiqi M, Al-Sabti H

Intra-operative cell salvage in cardiac surgery may increase platelet transfusion requirements: a cohort study.
Vox Sang 2015;109:280-286.

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This article gives the results of an observational study that used a historical cohort of patients as a control...
REVIEW by:
D. Thomas

Published: Oct 2015

Johansson PI, Rasmussen AS, Thomsen LL

Intravenous iron isomaltoside 1000 (Monofer(®)) reduces postoperative anaemia in preoperatively non-anaemic patients undergoing elective or subacute coronary artery bypass graft, valve replacement or a combination thereof: the PROTECT trial
Vox Sang 2015;109:257-266.

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This prospective double-blind placebo-controlled randomised single-centre trial reports that, in non-anaemic...
REVIEW by:
P. Van der Linden

Published: Sep 2015

Hunt BJ, Allard S, Keeling D, Norfolk D, Stanworth SJ, Pendry K

A practical guideline for the haematological management of major haemorrhage.
Br J Haematol 2015;170:788-803.

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Hunt et al. set the standards in a practical guideline from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology....
REVIEW by:
J. Stensballe

Published: Sep 2015

Likosky DS, Paone G, Zhang M, et al.

Red blood cell transfusions impact pneumonia rates after coronary artery bypass grafting.
Ann Thorac Surg 2015;100:794-801.

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Dr. Likosky and colleagues report a retrospective analysis of more than 16,000 patients undergoing coronary...
REVIEW by:
C. von Heymann

Published: Sep 2015

Bhandari S, Kalra PA, Kothari J, et al.

A randomized, open-label trial of iron isomaltoside 1000 (Monofer®) compared with iron sucrose (Venofer®) as maintenance therapy in haemodialysis patients.
Nephrol Dial Transplant 2015;30:1577-1589.

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There is a lack of universal consensus among nephrologists and haematologists on several core issues pertaining...
REVIEW by:
M. Muñoz

Published: Aug 2015

Butler CE, Noel S, Hibbs SP, et al.

Implementation of a clinical decision support system improves compliance with restrictive transfusion policies in hematology patients.
Transfusion 2015;55:1964-1971.

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The authors report the impact of a clinical decision support system at a single centre to improve transfusion...
REVIEW by:
L. T. Goodnough

Published: Jul 2015

Muñoz M, Gomez-Ramirez S, Kozek-Langeneker S, et al.

'Fit to fly': overcoming barriers to preoperative haemoglobin optimization in surgical patients.
Br J Anaesth 2015;115:15-24.

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This is a most interesting review on patient blood management (PBM) authored by experts in the field. The...
REVIEW by:
J.-F. Hardy

Published: Jul 2015

Clark NP, Witt DM, Davies LE, et al.

Bleeding, recurrent venous thromboembolism, and mortality risks during warfarin interruption for invasive procedures.
JAMA Intern Med 2015;175:1163-1168.

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Preoperative management of patients treated with vitamin K antagonists who require elective surgical procedures...
REVIEW by:
D. Faraoni

Published: Jul 2015

Whiting P, Al M, Westwood M, et al.

Viscoelastic point-of-care testing to assist with the diagnosis, management and monitoring of haemostasis: a systematic review and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Health Technol Assess 2015;19:1-228.

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This study from the UK's Health and Technology Assessment group looked at all the available evidence on clinical...
REVIEW by:
D. Thomas

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