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Nancy M Dunbar, Nicholas J Olson, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Eric D Martin, Ryan M Tysarcyk, Darrell J Triulzi, Louis H Alarcon, Mark H Yazer
BACKGROUND: The purpose of massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) is to provide large quantities of blood products rapidly to exsanguinating patients. The expected rates of blood product transfusion and wastage in this setting have not been defined. This study was undertaken to assess the transfusion and wastage rates for bleeding patients requiring emergency issue of blood components at three American Level I trauma centers. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Three hospitals participated, all of which are Level I trauma centers that have MTPs in place where uncrossmatched red blood cells (RBCs) can be ordered with or without platelets (PLTs), plasma, and cryoprecipitate...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Angela B Treml, Jed B Gorlin, Richard P Dutton, Barbara M Scavone
BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) have been adopted in many hospitals, and they may improve outcomes, as well as decrease the number of blood products transfused. However, there are no specific guidelines regarding the number and types of products that should be included in these protocols. MTPs may vary from hospital to hospital. METHODS: A short, web-based survey was sent to blood bank medical directors at academic institutions to learn details about MTPs...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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
Omar J Shah, Sadaf A Bangri, Manmohan Singh, Reyaz A Lattoo, Mohammad Y Bhat, Feroze A Khan
BACKGROUND: Fast track strategy in the management of patients undergoing intra-abdominal surgery of various types has emerged as a landmark approach to reduce surgical stress and accelerate recovery. This study was to evaluate the effect of fast track strategy on patients subjected to pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) from an individual unit during transit from low to a high volume center. METHODS: A total of 142 PD patients who had been subjected to fast track strategy between June 2008 and September 2012 were compared with 46 patients who had received conventional surgery between January 2006 and May 2008...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Prasita Kshirsagar, Shaylika Chauhan, Dinesh Samel
BACKGROUND: The authors wished to develop a scoring system for evaluating patients presenting with febrile thrombocytopenia for risk stratification, predicting patient outcome and optimization of care especially in resource poor countries. OBJECTIVE: 1. To decide a protocol in the management of patients with fever and thrombocytopenia. 2. To develop screening or therapeutic guidelines (early warning score-EWS) in febrile thrombocytopenic patients and decide about therapeutic interventions...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Sharon Edwards, Jason Smith
Trauma is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, in civilian environments and on the battlefield. Trauma-induced haemorrhage is the principal cause of potentially preventable death, which is generally attributable to a combination of vascular injury and coagulopathy. Survival rates following severe traumatic injury have increased due to advanced trauma management initiatives and treatment protocols, influenced by lessons learned from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The use of tourniquets and intraosseous needles, early blood and blood product transfusion, administration of tranexamic acid in pre-hospital settings, and consultant-led damage control resuscitation incorporating damage control surgery have all played their part...
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
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
Christoph A Maurer, Daniel Dietrich, Martin K Schilling, Urs Metzger, Urban Laffer, Peter Buchmann, Bruno Lerf, Peter Villiger, Gian Melcher, Christian Klaiber, Christian Bilat, Peter Brauchli, Luigi Terracciano, Katharina Kessler
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate in a multicenter cohort study the radicality of colorectal cancer resections, to assess the oncosurgical quality of colorectal specimens, and to compare the performance between centers. METHODS: One German and nine Swiss hospitals agreed to prospectively register all patients with primary colorectal cancer resected between September 2001 and June 2005. The median number of eligible patients with one primary tumor included per center was 95 (range 12-204)...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Miguel Ortega-Andreu, Gloria Talavera, Norma G Padilla-Eguiluz, Hanna Perez-Chrzanowska, Reyes Figueredo-Galve, Carlos E Rodriguez-Merchán, Enrique Gómez-Barrena
PURPOSE: To clarify if blood loss and transfusion requirements can be decreased in revision knee surgery through a multimodal blood loss approach with tranexamic acid (TXA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was designed in 87 knees (79 patients) that received a knee revision between 2007 and 2013. To avoid heterogeneity in the surgical technique, only revisions with one single implant system were included. A treatment series of 44 knees that received TXA and other techniques in a multimodal blood loss protocol was compared to a control series of 43 knees that received neither TXA nor the rest of the multimodal blood loss protocol...
2016: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Carlos H Villa, Douglas B Cines, Don L Siegel, Vladimir Muzykantov
Red blood cells (RBCs) are innate carriers that can also be engineered to improve the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of many drugs, particularly biotherapeutics. Successful loading of drugs, both internally and on the external surface of RBCs, has been demonstrated for many drugs including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antithrombotic agents. Methods for internal loading of drugs within RBCs are now entering clinical use. Although internal loading can result in membrane disruption that may compromise biocompatibility, surface loading using either affinity or chemical ligands offers a diverse set of approaches for the production of RBC drug carriers...
August 17, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Patrick Adu, David Larbi Simpong, Godfred Takyi, Richard K D Ephraim
Background. Blood transfusion is a therapeutic procedure usually undertaken in patients with severe anaemia. In Ghana, severe anaemia is mostly due to malaria caused by severe Plasmodium falciparum infection, road traffic accidents, and haemoglobinopathy-induced acute haemolysis. Method. This cross-sectional study evaluated coinheritance of sickle cell haemoglobin variant and G6PD enzymopathy among individuals that donated blood at the Holy Trinity Hospital, Berekum, in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana. Demographic data and other pertinent information were captured using questionnaire...
2016: Advances in Hematology
Sleiman Sebastian Aboul-Hassan, Tomasz Stankowski, Jakub Marczak, Romuald Cichon
A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether continuation of administration of preoperative aspirin until the day of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) could minimize postoperative mortality, prevalence of postoperative myocardial infarction (MI) with or without influence on postoperative bleeding, packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion and reoperation for bleeding. Altogether, 662 papers were found using the reported search, 7 of which represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question...
October 4, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Andra H James, Chad Grotegut, Homa Ahmadzia, Cathleen Peterson-Layne, Evelyn Lockhart
The purpose of this article is to review the use of blood products and hemostatic agents in the management of coagulopathy at the time of postpartum hemorrhage. Blood product administration strategies are broadly reviewed, including the role of the blood bank, the role of massive transfusion protocols, the role of laboratory monitoring, and the role of anesthesia management. Aspects of patient blood management are discussed. The concept refers to an evidence-based, comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to optimizing the care of patients who might need transfusion and includes measures to avoid or minimize transfusion such as preoperative anemia management, cell salvage, and the use of hemostatic medication to reduce bleeding...
October 3, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
C Malone, J R Acheson, J D Hinds, M H McComiskey
The aim was to assess the efficacy of Syntometrine (®) (500 micrograms ergometrine with 5 units oxytocin) as an appropriate alternative first-line uterotonic for use in elective caesarean section (CS) during a national shortage of UK-licensed IV oxytocin from April-June 2014. An observational study was performed involving 2 groups of 22 women undergoing elective CS in a UK DGH during this period. Primary endpoints included mean estimated blood loss (EBL), haemoglobin drop post-operatively and transfusion requirement...
September 2016: Ulster Medical Journal
Seunghyug Kwon, Sungyub Lew, Ronald S Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte filtration has been hypothesized to reduce the risk of postoperative infections by alleviating the immunosuppressive effect of whole blood. However, the literature regarding the clinical efficacy of leukocyte filtration remains conflicted. This meta-analysis investigates the impact of allogeneic and autologous leukocyte-filtered blood transfusions on the incidence of postoperative infections in adult surgical patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Central Registry of Controlled trials (1966-2016) was completed for all published randomized controlled trials...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Rui Machado, Luís Loureiro, Inês Antunes, Jorge Coutinho, Rui Almeida
INTRODUCTION: Comparatively to open repair, endovascular aneurysm repair has reduced transfusion rates but thereâs no recommendation about number of red blood cells units to be crossmatched preoperatively. Our aim is contribute to the analysis of red blood cells units needs in endovascular and hybrid aortic aneurysm repair and developing a protocol for maximum surgical blood orders schedule. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed our prospective database of elective endovascular aneurysm repair from 2001 to 2012...
May 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Matthew J Reed, Alison Glover, Lauren Byrne, Michael Donald, Niall McMahon, Neil Hughes, Nicola K Littlewood, Justin Garrett, Catherine Innes, Margaret McGarvey, Eleanor Hazra, P Sam M Rawlinson
INTRODUCTION: The Scottish Transfusion and Laboratory Support in Trauma Group (TLSTG) have introduced a unified National pre-hospital Code Red protocol. This paper reports the results of a study aiming to establish whether current pre-hospital Code Red activation criteria for trauma patients successfully predict need for in hospital transfusion or haemorrhagic death, the current admission coagulation profile and Concentrated Red Cell (CRC): Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) ratio being used, and whether use of the protocol leads to increased blood component discards? METHODS: Prospective cohort study...
September 11, 2016: Injury
James Winearls, Michael Reade, Helen Miles, Andrew Bulmer, Don Campbell, Klaus Görlinger, John F Fraser
Hemorrhage in the setting of severe trauma is a leading cause of death worldwide. The pathophysiology of hemorrhage and coagulopathy in severe trauma is complex and remains poorly understood. Most clinicians currently treating trauma patients acknowledge the presence of a coagulopathy unique to trauma patients-trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC)-independently associated with increased mortality. The complexity and incomplete understanding of TIC has resulted in significant controversy regarding optimum management...
October 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kevin P Seitz, Jonathan E Sevransky, Greg S Martin, John D Roback, David J Murphy
OBJECTIVE: Research supports the efficacy and safety of restrictive transfusion protocols to reduce avoidable RBC transfusions, but evidence of their effectiveness in practice is limited. This study assessed whether admission to an ICU with an restrictive transfusion protocol reduces the likelihood of transfusion for adult patients. DESIGN: Observational study using data from the multicenter, cohort Critical Illness Outcomes Study. Patient-level analyses were conducted with RBC transfusion on day of enrollment as the outcome and admission to an ICU with a restrictive transfusion protocol as the exposure of interest...
September 14, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
C Gale, M J Hyde, N Modi
OBJECTIVE: Randomised controlled trials, a gold-standard approach to reduce uncertainties in clinical practice, are growing in cost and are often slow to recruit. We determined whether methodological approaches to facilitate large, efficient clinical trials were acceptable to UK research ethics committees (RECs). DESIGN: We developed a protocol in collaboration with parents, for a comparative-effectiveness, randomised controlled trial comparing two widely used blood transfusion practices in preterm infants...
September 14, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
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