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Transfusion practices

Angela Vitrano, Giuseppina Calvaruso, Eliana Lai, Grazia Colletta, Alessandra Quota, Calogera Gerardi, Luciana Concetta Rigoli, Lorella Pitrolo, Liana Cuccia, Francesco Gagliardotto, Aldo Filosa, Vincenzo Caruso, Crocetta Argento, Saveria Campisi, Michele Rizzo, Luciano Prossomariti, Carmelo Fidone, Maria Fustaneo, Rosario Di Maggio, Aurelio Maggio
In the last few decades, the life expectancy of regularly transfused β-thalassaemia major (TM) patients has dramatically improved following the introduction of safe transfusion practices, iron chelation therapy, aggressive treatment of infections and improved management of cardiac complications. How such changes, especially those attributed to the introduction of iron chelation therapy, improved the survival of TM patients to approach those with β-thalassaemia intermedia (TI) remains unknown. Three hundred and seventy-nine patients with TM (n = 284, dead 40) and TI (n = 95, dead 13) were followed retrospectively since birth until 30 June 2015 or death...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Ashima Sharma, Monu Yadav, B Rajesh Kumar, P Sai Lakshman, Raju Iyenger, Gopinath Ramchandran
BACKGROUND: A major change in anesthesia practice as regards to intraoperative infusion therapy is the present requirement. Switching over to balanced fluids can substantially decrease the incidence of lactic acidosis and hyperchloremic acidosis. The deleterious effects of unbalanced fluids are more recognizable during major surgeries. We prospectively studied the influence of Sterofundin (SF) and Ringer lactate (RL) on acid-base changes, hemodynamics, and readiness for extubation during scoliosis surgery...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Volkan Sen, Ibrahim Halil Bozkurt, Ozgu Aydogdu, Tarik Yonguc, Serkan Yarimoglu, Pinar Sen, Omer Koras, Tansu Degirmenci
We evaluated the usefulness of preoperative neutrophil-lymphocyte count ratio (NLCR) in predicting postoperative sepsis after percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). In total, 487 patients who underwent PCNL for renal stones were included in the present retrospective study. The stone burden, number of tracts and location, operation time, fluoroscopy time, presence of residual stones, and blood transfusion rates were postoperatively recorded in all patients. All patients were followed up for signs of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis...
October 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Kevin Trentino, Shannon Farmer, Irwin Gross, Aryeh Shander, James Isbister
BACKGROUND: As defined by evidence-based medicine randomized controlled trials rank higher than observational studies in the hierarchy of clinical research. Accordingly, when assessing the effects of treatments on patient outcomes, there is a tendency to focus on the study method rather than also appraising the key elements of study design. A long-standing debate regarding findings of randomized controlled trials compared with those of observational studies, their strengths and limitations and questions regarding causal inference, has recently come into focus in relation to research assessing patient outcomes in transfusion medicine...
October 14, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Aaron A R Tobian, Nancy M Heddle, Theresa L Wiegmann, Jeffrey L Carson
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October 2016: Transfusion
Gokce Dundar, Gokhan Gokce, Kaan Gokcen, Esat Korgali, Aydemir Asdemir, Kenan Kaygusuz
PURPOSE: Pediatric stone disease is an important clinical problem in pediatric urology practice. We aimed to compare mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (miniperc) and micro-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (microperc) in pediatric patients who underwent unsuccesful SWL procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A number of 43 pediatric patients, aged 17 years or younger, were treated with miniperc or microperc procedures due to renal calculi by a single surgeon. In group 1, there were 27 patients who underwent miniperc procedure...
October 10, 2016: Urology Journal
Jeffrey L Carson, Gordon Guyatt, Nancy M Heddle, Brenda J Grossman, Claudia S Cohn, Mark K Fung, Terry Gernsheimer, John B Holcomb, Lewis J Kaplan, Louis M Katz, Nikki Peterson, Glenn Ramsey, Sunil V Rao, John D Roback, Aryeh Shander, Aaron A R Tobian
Importance: More than 100 million units of blood are collected worldwide each year, yet the indication for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and the optimal length of RBC storage prior to transfusion are uncertain. Objective: To provide recommendations for the target hemoglobin level for RBC transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. Evidence Review: Reference librarians conducted a literature search for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating hemoglobin thresholds for RBC transfusion (1950-May 2016) and RBC storage duration (1948-May 2016) without language restrictions...
October 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Donald S Likosky, Timothy A Dickinson, Theron A Paugh
Cardiac surgery accounts for between 15% and 20% of all blood product utilization in the United States. A body of literature suggests that patients who are exposed to even small quantities of blood have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality, even after adjusting for pre-operative risk. Despite this body of literature supporting a restrictive blood management strategy, wide variability in transfusion rates exist across institutions. Recent blood management guidelines have shed light on a number of potentially promising blood management strategies, including acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH) and retrograde autologous priming (RAP)...
September 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
M Borgert, J Binnekade, F Paulus, M Vroom, A Vlaar, A Goossens, D Dongelmans
BACKGROUND: Restrictive red blood cell (RBC) transfusion has been widely described in transfusion guidelines. However, compliance with these guidelines is often poor. Therefore, we developed a care bundle for the transfusion of RBCs in intensive care. We investigated the effect of the application of the transfusion bundle on transfusion practice, hypothesising that the implementation of the transfusion bundle would lead to a reduction of inappropriate RBC transfusions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted a before and after study between January and December 2014 in a medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands...
October 11, 2016: Transfusion Medicine
N Quraishy, S Sapatnekar
The clinical importance of blood group antigens relates to their ability to evoke immune antibodies that are capable of causing hemolysis. The most important antigens for safe transfusion are ABO and D (Rh), and typing for these antigens is routinely performed for patients awaiting transfusion, prenatal patients, and blood donors. Typing for other blood group antigens, typically of the Kell, Duffy, Kidd, and MNS blood groups, is sometimes necessary, for patients who have, or are likely to develop antibodies to these antigens...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Kai Oliver Jensen, Leonhard Held, Andrea Kraus, Frank Hildebrand, Philipp Mommsen, Ladislav Mica, Guido A Wanner, Peter Steiger, Rudolf M Moos, Hans-Peter Simmen, Kai Sprengel
BACKGROUND: Although under discussion, induced hypothermia (IH) is an established therapy for patients with cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injuries. The influences on coagulopathy and bleeding tendency in severely injured patients (SIP) with concomitant traumatic brain injury are most widely unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to quantify the effect of mild IH in SIP with concomitant severe traumatic brain injuries on transfusion rate and mortality. METHODS: In this retrospective multi-centre study, SIP from three European level-1 trauma centres with an ISS ≥16 between 2009 and 2011 were included...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
J C Oldroyd, K M Venardos, N J Aoki, A J Zatta, Z K McQuilten, L E Phillips, N Andrianopoulos, D J Cooper, P A Cameron, J P Isbister, E M Wood
BACKGROUND: The Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) Massive Transfusion (MT) Registry (MTR) has been established to improve the quality of care of patients with critical bleeding (CB) requiring MT (≥ 5 units red blood cells (RBC) over 4 h). The MTR is providing data to: (1) improve the evidence base for transfusion practice by systematically collecting data on transfusion practice and clinical outcomes; (2) monitor variations in practice and provide an opportunity for benchmarking, and feedback on practice/blood product use; (3) inform blood supply planning, inventory management and development of future clinical trials; and (4) measure and enhance translation of evidence into policy and patient blood management guidelines...
October 6, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Shinji Hirata, Takahiko Murata, Daisuke Suzuki, Sou Nakamura, Ryoko Jono-Ohnishi, Hidenori Hirose, Akira Sawaguchi, Satoshi Nishimura, Naoshi Sugimoto, Koji Eto
: : Donor-independent platelet concentrates for transfusion can be produced in vitro from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). However, culture at 37°C induces ectodomain shedding on platelets of glycoprotein Ibα (GPIbα), the von Willebrand factor receptor critical for adhesive function and platelet lifetime in vivo, through temperature-dependent activation of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM17). The shedding can be suppressed by using inhibitors of panmetalloproteinases and possibly of the upstream regulator p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), but residues of these inhibitors in the final platelet products may be accompanied by harmful risks that prevent clinical application...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Craig M McRobb, Richard J Ing, D Scott Lawson, James Jaggers, Mark Twite
Modified ultrafiltration (MUF) is a technique which is commonly used immediately post-cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) for open heart surgery in children. There are many advantages of MUF, but there are also a number of less reported disadvantages. At our institution, after considering all of the available data, a decision was made to no longer perform MUF. The primary motivation being the simplified and miniaturized CPB circuit would reduce hemodilution, decrease our likelihood of reaching our transfusion trigger during CPB and, potentially, improve safety...
October 5, 2016: Perfusion
Brian Hallstrom, Bonita Singal, Mark E Cowen, Karl C Roberts, Richard E Hughes
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of tranexamic acid (TXA) in reducing blood loss and transfusion requirements in total hip and knee arthroplasty has been well established in small controlled clinical trials and meta-analyses. The purpose of the current study was to determine the risks and benefits of TXA use in routine orthopaedic surgical practice on the basis of data from a large, statewide arthroplasty registry. METHODS: From April 18, 2013, to September 30, 2014, there were 23,236 primary total knee arthroplasty cases and 11,489 primary total hip arthroplasty cases completed and registered in the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Nicolas Majunke, Norman Mangner, Axel Linke, Enno Boudriot, Sandra Erbs, Franziska Tietz, Sabrina Wolff, Stephan Schürer, Gerhard Schuler, Marcus Sandri
OBJECTIVE: Surgical femoral cutdown for decannulation after veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is considered standard practice. However, access-site complications with this technique are not rare. The objective of this study is to evaluate feasibility, safety, and efficacy of a complete percutaneous decannulation procedure after VA-ECMO compared with the conventional surgical cutdown approach. METHODS: In 35 patients who were successfully weaned from VA-ECMO support, femoral artery and vein access sites were closed using a completely percutaneous approach in 15 patients, whereas 20 patients had conventional surgical cutdown for access-site closure...
October 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Nadia Roumeliotis, Thierry Ducruet, Scot T Bateman, Adrienne G Randolph, Jacques Lacroix, Guillaume Emeriaud
BACKGROUND: There are no well-designed prospective studies evaluating transfusion practices in pediatric trauma. We sought to describe red blood cell (RBC) transfusion practices in trauma patients who were admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This study is a post-hoc analysis of a prospective, 6-month observational study in 30 PICUs. We studied a total of 580 patients aged less than 18 years who had been admitted to a PICU for more than 48 hours, including 95 who were trauma patients...
October 2, 2016: Transfusion
Gaya Spolverato, Fabio Bagante, Matthew Weiss, Jin He, Christopher L Wolfgang, Fabian Johnston, Martin A Makary, Will Yang, Steven M Frank, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: Delta hemoglobin (ΔHb) is defined as the difference between the preoperative Hb and the lowest post-operative Hb level. We sought to define the impact of ΔHb relative to nadir Hb levels on the likelihood of transfusion, as well as characterize the impact of ΔHb and nadir Hb on morbidity among a large cohort of patients undergoing complex hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery. METHODS: Patients who underwent pancreatic or hepatic resection between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2015 at Johns Hopkins Hospital were identified...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Daniele Poole, Andrea Cortegiani, Arturo Chieregato, Emanuele Russo, Concetta Pellegrini, Elvio De Blasio, Francesca Mengoli, Annalisa Volpi, Silvia Grossi, Lara Gianesello, Vanni Orzalesi, Francesca Fossi, Osvaldo Chiara, Carlo Coniglio, Giovanni Gordini
BACKGROUND: Traumatic coagulopathy is thought to increase mortality and its treatment to reduce preventable deaths. However, there is still uncertainty in this field, and available literature results may have been overestimated. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE database using the PubMed platform. We formulated four queries investigating the prognostic weight of traumatic coagulopathy defined according to conventional laboratory testing, and the effectiveness in reducing mortality of three different treatments aimed at contrasting coagulopathy (high fresh frozen plasma/packed red blood cells ratios, fibrinogen, and tranexamic acid administration)...
2016: PloS One
Giovanni Landoni, Antonio Pisano, Vladimir Lomivorotov, Gabriele Alvaro, Ludhmila Hajjar, Gianluca Paternoster, Caetano Nigro Neto, Nicola Latronico, Evgeny Fominskiy, Laura Pasin, Gabriele Finco, Rosetta Lobreglio, Maria Luisa Azzolini, Giuseppe Buscaglia, Alberto Castella, Marco Comis, Adele Conte, Massimiliano Conte, Francesco Corradi, Erika Dal Checco, Giovanni De Vuono, Marco Ganzaroli, Eugenio Garofalo, Gordana Gazivoda, Rosalba Lembo, Daniele Marianello, Martina Baiardo Redaelli, Fabrizio Monaco, Valentina Tarzia, Marta Mucchetti, Alessandro Belletti, Paolo Mura, Mario Musu, Giovanni Pala, Massimiliano Paltenghi, Vadim Pasyuga, Desiderio Piras, Claudio Riefolo, Agostino Roasio, Laura Ruggeri, Francesco Santini, Andrea Székely, Luigi Verniero, Antonella Vezzani, Alberto Zangrillo, Rinaldo Bellomo
OBJECTIVE: Of the 230 million patients undergoing major surgical procedures every year, more than 1 million will die within 30 days. Thus, any nonsurgical interventions that help reduce perioperative mortality might save thousands of lives. The authors have updated a previous consensus process to identify all the nonsurgical interventions, supported by randomized evidence, that may help reduce perioperative mortality. DESIGN AND SETTING: A web-based international consensus conference...
August 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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