WHAT IS NATA?
NATA, the Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis (formerly the Network for the Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives), is an independent medical association that was created in 1998.
NATA is unique in that it provides a multidisciplinary forum for dialogue between haematologists, transfusion medicine specialists, anaesthesiologists, intensive care and emergency physicians, surgeons, perfusionists, nurses, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals interested in promoting best clinical practice in the management of anaemia and iron deficiency, critical bleeding and thrombosis.
NATA’s Educational Activities
Annual Symposium and Regional Symposia
NATA has organised 20 annual symposia in Europe since 2000, with an average attendance ranging between 500 and 600 delegates from around 40 countries. NATA has also organised several regional symposia and a number of sessions or participations at other societies’ international and local congresses.
Expert Meetings and Guidelines
NATA has organised expert meetings that have led to the publication of a Seminars in Hematology supplement on the role of intravenous iron in anaemia management, a consensus statement on the role of intravenous iron in perioperative anaemia management (Beris P et al. Br J Anaesth 2008;100:599-604), and guidelines for the detection, evaluation, and management of preoperative anaemia in the elective orthopaedic surgical patient (Goodnough LT et al. Br J Anaesth 2011;106:13-22).
A series of expert meetings on patient blood management in obstetrics, organised in collaboration with other medical associations, is underway. A consensus statement dedicated to the management of anaemia and haematinic deficiencies in pregnancy and in the post-partum period was published in Transfusion Medicine (Muñoz M et al. Transfus Med 2018;28:22-39). A second one, which provides recommendations on the prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage, has been published online recently (Muñoz M et al. Blood Transfus 2019;17:112-136).
A NATA task force has developed the first guidelines on patient blood management for neonates and children undergoing cardiac surgery. (Faraoni D et al. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2019;33:3249-3263).
Web and Multimedia
NATA’s website (www.nataonline.com) provides educational material and news free of charge. A weekly review of the literature is performed and selected articles are graded and summarised by scientific committee members. Comments and news are also disseminated through NATA’s LinkedIn group and twitter.
E-learning is emerging as an attractive tool for continuing medical education. In 2016 NATA launched an e-learning programme hosted on a platform connected to Nataonline (www.nata-education.com). The first completed module, developed under the supervision of three members of NATA’s scientific committee (Manuel Muñoz, Elvira Bisbe and Jean-François Hardy), is entitled, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of Preoperative Anaemia. The plan is to develop a series of CME-accredited e-learning modules covering NATA’s main topics of interest.
NATA’s first webinar, Emergency Care of Patients Treated with Direct Oral Anticoagulants, was held on March 27, 2019. This 1-hour educational webinar, chaired by Charles-Marc Samama with lectures by Oliver Grottke and Sam Schulman, provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the available evidence on the management of bleeding and emergency procedures in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). The recording can be viewed on www.nata-education.com.